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Top golfer Scottie Scheffler fires 66 after being arrested on a “chaotic” PGA Day

The top player in golf, Scottie Scheffler, was detained and taken into custody on Friday after it was reported that, in an attempt to evade traffic restrictions outside the PGA Championship at Valhalla, he had dragged a police officer with his vehicle.

Scheffler was taken into custody by the police, booked with a mugshot taken in an orange jumpsuit, released, and made it back to the course in time for his second round. He recovered well enough to fire a five-under par 66 and share third early in the second round, in one of the strangest scenes ever witnessed at a major tournament.

Scheffler said, “I was fortunate to be able to make it out and play some golf, but I still feel like my head is spinning a little bit.” “Despite a really hectic day, I’ve managed to stay in the competition thus far.”

After being charged with felony assault on a police officer, criminal mischief, careless driving, and disobeying a traffic officer’s signals, Scheffler, 27, was let go.

“My circumstances will be managed,” Scheffler said. “It was just a big misunderstanding that will get resolved, I think, fairly quickly. I can’t comment on any of the specifics.”

When Scheffler attempted to avoid a previous collision at the Valhalla entrance that claimed the life of a pedestrian named John Mills, he drove into the curb and was apprehended by Louisville Metro police.

“My condolences are with Mr. Mills’ family,” Scheffler said. “I’m unable to comprehend the struggles they face.”

Arresting Officer Bryan Gillis claims that Scheffler disregarded commands to stop his vehicle and accelerated, pulling the officer to the ground, according to a police report on the event that ESPN was able to acquire.

Gillis was admitted to the hospital due to swelling, bruises, and discomfort in his left knee and wrist. On Tuesday, there will be an arraignment.

Scheffler said in a statement before his round, “I never intended to disregard any of the instructions.”

After the collision caused an 80-minute delay, Scheffler, who won his second Masters championship last month, arrived at Valhalla slightly before his scheduled start time in the second round.

The PGA of America released a statement saying, “We were devastated to learn that a worker with one of our vendors was tragically struck and killed by a shuttle bus.” “To all of us involved with the PGA Championship, this is heartbreaking.”

After Mills was discovered, the PGA of America said of Scheffler, “We’re fully cooperating as local authorities review what took place.”

“I felt quite alarmed.”

According to ESPN, Scheffler was transported from prison by the Valhalla Golf Club owner to the clubhouse, where he had breakfast before visiting the practice range.

To put it mildly, I was really startled, according to Scheffler. “I was trembling. In shock and dread, if I may. It was obviously difficult to come out here and attempt to play today, but I gave it my all.

“It most likely took a few holes before I felt normal.”

Just before Scheffler’s first shot, which would have been an opening birdie, fell in the right rough, the crowd erupted in cheers.

“Today’s crowd was amazing,” Scheffler stated.

Following his booking, Scheffler’s mugshot was made public by the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections. At the course, several spectators wore it on T-shirts.

When you saw a mugshot of Scottie, you kind of felt like it was a joke, according to tournament leader Xander Schauffele. He’s a kind man, and he didn’t mean any harm to anybody. So let’s hope he escapes unharmed. Scottie is a kind guy.

After winning the Players and Bay Hill in March, losing in a playoff at the Houston Open, and then taking home the Masters and Heritage last month, Scheffler has now won four of his last five events.

On 133 with Scheffler, American Mark Hubbard was astounded with his performance.

Hubbard said, “I watched as everyone completed the police report and the mug shot.” “It’s unbelievable that he shoots 66 people after getting arrested.”

A week after becoming a parent, Scheffler was vying for a third major championship, making him the week’s feel-good story. Bennett, his spouse’s kid, was born nine days ago.

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