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Scottie Scheffler: Charges dropped against world No 1 golfer after PGA

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All charges have been dropped against world No 1 Scottie Scheffler after he was arrested at the PGA Championship earlier this month.

Scheffler had faced charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic on May 17.

The 27-year-old was arrested by Louisville Metro Police on the Friday of the PGA Championship, after trying to drive into Valhalla Golf Club in heavy traffic caused by an earlier – unrelated – accident, events he described as “a big misunderstanding” following “a very chaotic situation”.

He was taken away by police in handcuffs before being released in time to return for the second round.

Scheffler went on to finish the event tied-eighth, eight strokes behind winner Xander Schauffele.

Timeline: Scheffler’s ‘hectic’ week at the PGA Championship

Scheffler went into the PGA Championship as pre-tournament favourite after following his victory at The Masters by winning the RBC Heritage, his fourth PGA Tour win in five starts, with the American returning to action after skipping the Wells Fargo Championship for the birth of his first child.

He followed a four-under 67 on the opening day with a second-round 66 on Friday May 17, despite being arrested earlier in the day and only arriving back at the course less than an hour before his delayed tee time.

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Brandel Chamblee and Paul McGinley shared praise for Scottie Scheffler for his ability to bounce back from adversity after coming out of jail hours before he teed off on day two of the PGA Championship.

Play was delayed for 80 minutes on Friday after a fatal accident saw a pedestrian – later named as on-site vendor John Mills – struck by a shuttle bus shortly after 5am local time, while Scheffler was detained around an hour later as he attempted to drive around the scene.

Scheffler was taken away to Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections and a mugshot of him quickly appeared on social media in an orange jumpsuit, with the American booked in at 7.28am before being released at 8.40am.

He was released on his own recognizance and driven to the course for his second round, originally due to begin at 8.48am but pushed back until 10.08am because of delays, with Scheffler arriving at 9.12am and having a limited practice session ahead of his tee time.

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Speaking after his second round at the PGA Championship, Scottie Scheffler detailed his arrest and detainment before being released in time to make his tee time at Valhalla Golf Club.

Scheffler’s troubles switched from off course to on it on Saturday, where he was without regular caddie Ted Scott due to him attending his daughter’s graduation, as he dropped four shots in a three-hole stretch during a two-over 73 – his first over-par round of the year.

The 10-time PGA Tour winner bounced back on Sunday to card a six-under 65 and end the week tied-eighth, eight strokes behind Xander Schauffele, with Scheffler proud of his finish after a “hectic” few days.

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Highlights of the final round from the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

“On the course I have always been proud of my toughness out there,” Scheffler told CBS. “I try to keep the off course as quiet as possible and this week was obviously not that way, but I’m proud of the way we competed and posted a decent finish running on fumes.”

Where will Scheffler play next?

Scheffler returns to action when he headlines the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, live from June 6-9 on Sky Sportswhich is the latest of the PGA Tour’s Signature Events and a tournament where he has finished third in his previous two appearances.

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Highlights from the final day of the 2023 Memorial Tournament, won by Viktor Hovland.

The 27-year-old will then be the pre-tournament favourite once again a week later at the US Open, held at Pinehurst No 2 in North Carolina, with Scheffler targeting a second major victory of the year.

Scheffler has posted top-seven finishes in his last three US Open appearances, finishing a stroke back from Matt Fitzpatrick in 2022 and then taking third behind Wyndham Clark and Rory McIlroy in last year’s contest in Los Angeles.

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