Cut Line: Will Scottie Scheffler’s arrest have historical consequences?

On this week’s version, we breakdown a (profitable) renovation, a (chilling) reflection and a (curious) resignation from a busy week on and off the golf course.

Made Reduce

Trending. Final week didn’t finish the best way Jordan Spieth would have preferred however given the 13-time Tour winner’s struggles this season it was his begin on the PGA Championship, with rounds of 69-69-67, that was encouraging.

Spieth, who struggled on Sunday at Valhalla to tie for 43rd, adopted that efficiency on the 12 months’s second main with an equally strong begin on the Charles Schwab Problem, the place he was two photographs off the lead halfway by means of his second spherical.

“I did a variety of good issues the final couple weeks and enhancing on some stuff I needed to, and I nonetheless have some elements of the sport that want some work and hopefully knock that out as we speak and into the start of this weekend it will get higher and higher,” Spieth mentioned at Colonial.

For a participant who has struggled with a wrist damage and is greater than two years faraway from his final Tour victory, incremental beneficial properties are higher than the choice.

A masterpiece makeover. The problem of updating Colonial, the Fort Price, Texas, gem that’s hosted a PGA Tour occasion since 1946, was strolling the positive line between modernizing a basic course with out stomping on the structure that made it a masterpiece — and extra instances than not, that line will get crossed.

That didn’t occur at Colonial.

Architect Gil Hanse injected the course, one in every of a few layouts sometimes called Hogan’s Alley, with a contemporary contact and a bit extra punch whereas maintaining the nuances that made it among the finest checks on the Tour.

“It’s going to nonetheless take a 12 months or two to essentially see how this golf course performs. This 12 months it’s going to play agency and quick as a result of it’s so new and immature,” mentioned Ryan Palmer, a Colonial member who consulted within the renovation. “It’s going to convey again a little bit little bit of historical past of this golf course again when it was first designed. You hear Gil discuss lots concerning the course Ben Hogan performed. It’s cool and good to see that type of come again to life. I’m enthusiastic about it.”

Retaining tempo with the larger, stronger, sooner trendy skilled is at all times a problem and it needs to be celebrated when it’s completed accurately.

Reacting to the Scheffler arrest footage

The Golf Channel crew watches and reacts to the video launched by the Louisville Police Division of Scottie Scheffler’s arrest previous to the second spherical of the PGA Championship.

Made Reduce-Did Not End (MDF)

Historical past. Scottie Scheffler’s arraignment, which was initially scheduled for Tuesday, was pushed again to June 3 and the officer who arrested the world No. 1, Det. Bryan Gillis, was disciplined this week for not having his physique digicam operational in the course of the incident or arrest.

The Louisville Metro Police Division additionally launched separate movies of the incident final Friday on the PGA Championship – though neither video exhibits the preliminary interplay between Scheffler and Gillis that, in accordance with the police report, led to his arrest – and Scheffler’s lawyer doubled down that his consumer is harmless of all 4 prices in opposition to him, together with the felony rely of assaulting a police officer.

However misplaced within the authorized happenings is a participant who was on a historic tempo having received 4 of his earlier 5 begins, together with the Masters and Gamers Championship. He was the heavy favourite at Valhalla and regardless of his time within the Louisville Metro Division of Corrections he was in a position to end tied for eighth at Valhalla.

It’s crucial to let the authorized system type out what occurred final Friday at midnight on Shelbyville Street, however it’s not possible to not think about how these occasions will influence an in any other case historic season.

Valhalla swansong. PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh mentioned all the best issues final week when requested how Valhalla Golf Membership would match into the longer term rotation for the PGA Championship.

“Louisville exhibits up, proper, they usually present up in each means and that’s why we’re having report [attendance],” Waugh mentioned. “I’d additionally say that now we have a self-discipline the place we don’t decide to future websites previous seven to eight years. … The truth that we don’t announce one thing this week or subsequent week and even subsequent 12 months doesn’t imply Valhalla isn’t an incredible venue that we’re interested by.”

Left unsaid, nonetheless, is how the addition of PGA Frisco, the affiliation’s new house in Texas, may influence Valhalla’s future. The brand new course exterior of Dallas is slated to host the 2027 PGA Championship. There have been additionally much-talked-about site visitors points final week and a report successful rating that possible made even the cool heads on the PGA a tad uncomfortable.

If final week was the final main performed on the Louisville structure it was actually an eventful swansong.

Missed Reduce

Uncertainty. A pair of resignations from the PGA Tour’s coverage board in lower than per week solely added to the overall sense of uncertainty that at present overshadows the skilled sport.

Late Sunday whereas many of the golf media have been breaking down Xander Schauffele’s victory on the PGA Championship, Mark Flaherty resigned from the board. Lower than per week earlier Jimmy Dunne, the architect of final June’s framework settlement between the Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund, additionally resigned.

Dunne was much more outspoken than Flaherty in his resignations letter, writing to the board, “Because the gamers now outnumber the impartial administrators on the board and no significant progress has been made in direction of a transaction with the PIF I really feel like my vote and my position is completely superfluous.”.

Neither Dunne nor Flaherty have been named to the PGA Tour Enterprises board of administrators which can finally resolve what, if any, the cope with the Saudis appears to be like like and maybe, as commissioner Jay Monahan steered in a memo to gamers, that is nothing greater than poor timing. Or perhaps this is a sign that there’s simply as a lot uncertainty behind the closed boardroom doorways as there’s on the skin.