Why was Scottie Scheffler detained by the police ahead of PGA Championship Round 2?

2024 PGA Championship - Round One
2024 PGA Championship - Round One

Scottie Scheffler was scheduled to tee off at 10:08 a.m. (Eastern Time) this Friday, May 17 at the 2024 PGA Championship. Instead, he was taken to the local police department after being arrested for multiple charges.

Scheffler was reportedly stopped by police on his way to Valhalla Golf Club. According to Jeff Darlington, who was on the scene, the World No. 1 tried to drive past a police officer after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a shuttle bus. He was later arrested by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Scottie Scheffler is not involved in any way in the initial incident that resulted in the death of one person and caused traffic disruption and miles-long lines of cars leading up to the golf course.

WAVE News, local media from Louisville, Kentucky, reached out to the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) for more information. Scottie Scheffler was booked at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections on the following charges:

  • Second-degree assault of a police officer
  • Third-degree criminal mischief
  • Reckless driving
  • Disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic

What will happen if Scottie Scheffler misses his tee time?

The rules of golf enforced by the United States Golf Association (USGA) state that if a player misses his tee time, he is disqualified from the tournament. It is common practice to grant a grace period of five minutes, if the player manages to arrive within that time, he receives penalty strokes but can play his round.

So far, Scheffler remains in play according to the official PGA Tour website. The second round of the PGA Championship was temporarily suspended due to a traffic accident near the course and is expected to tee off at 08:35 a.m. (ET).

Scottie Scheffler played his first round of the PGA Championship for a score of 4-under 67. His performance included one eagle, four birdies, and two bogeys.

Scheffler's eagle was one of the most spectacular plays of the first round of the 2024 PGA Tour. Scheffler made it on his first hole of the day, sending his ball from the fairway directly into the hole from more than 160 yards away. Scheffler is the overwhelming favorite among most pundits to win the 2024 PGA Championship.

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