Scheffler detained by police at PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was detained by police Friday morning on his approach to the PGA Championship, with gorgeous pictures displaying him handcuffed as he was led to a police automotive. ESPN reported he did not observe police orders throughout a pedestrian fatality investigation.

Site visitors was backed up for a couple of mile in each instructions on the one highway that results in Valhalla Golf Membership, with dozens of police automobiles flashing red-and-blue lights close to the doorway.

Police stated a pedestrian had been struck by a bus whereas crossing the highway in a lane that was devoted to event visitors.

ESPN stated Scheffler, the No. 1 participant on this planet who was to start out the second spherical at 8:48 a.m., drove previous a police officer in his SUV with markings on the door indicating it was a PGA Championship car. The officer screamed at him to cease after which connected himself to the automotive till Scheffler stopped about 10 yards later.

Jeff Darlington of ESPN watched this unfold. He stated police pulled Scheffler out of the automotive, pushed him up towards the automotive and instantly positioned him in handcuffs.

“Scheffler was then walked over to the police automotive, positioned within the again, in handcuffs, very surprised about what was taking place, appeared towards me as he was in these handcuffs and stated, ‘Please assist me,’” Darlington stated. “He very clearly didn’t know what was taking place within the state of affairs. It moved in a short time, very quickly, very aggressively.”

Louisville Metro police spokesman Dwight Mitchell instructed Louisville radio station WHAS the person was crossing Shelbyville Highway about 5 a.m. and the bus didn’t see him. Mitchell stated the person was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

The PGA Championship posted a discover that play can be delayed due to the accident. The second spherical was to start out 1 hour, 20 minutes later than scheduled tee instances, which means Scheffler was not because of begin till a bit of after 10 a.m.

Rain started pounding Valhalla a short while later, and with current rain earlier within the week that twice shut down the course, play was more likely to be halted even longer.

With automobiles backed up within the morning darkness, different PGA-marked automobiles tried to maneuver slowly towards the doorway. Site visitors lastly started to maneuver regularly a bit of earlier than 7 a.m.

It was a surreal begin to what already has been a wild week of climate — the Masters champion and top-ranked participant on this planet, wearing exercise garments together with his palms in cuffs behind his again amid flashing flights.

Darlington stated police weren’t positive who Scheffler was. He stated an officer requested him to depart and when he recognized himself being with the media, he was instructed, “There’s nothing you are able to do. He’s going to jail.”

Darlington stated one other police officer later approached with a notepad and requested if he knew the title of the individual they put in handcuffs.

Scheffler is coming off 4 victories in his final 5 tournaments, together with his second Masters title. He was residence in Dallas the final three weeks ready on the beginning of his first baby, a son that was born Could 8.

Scheffler opened with a 4-under 67 and was 5 photographs out of the lead as he tries to turn into solely the fifth participant since 1960 to win the primary two majors of the yr.


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