Scottie Scheffler's arrest doesn't stop world's top golfer from teeing off at PGA Championship

World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was arrested Friday morning near Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., where he was scheduled to play in the second round of the PGA Championship.

Scheffler, who won the Masters for the second time last month, was booked by the Louisville Metro Police Department at 7:28 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on four charges: second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic.

About 90 minutes earlier, a pedestrian had been struck by a bus while crossing the road outside the country club, police said. Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. In a statement, the PGA Championship identified the man as “a worker with one of our vendors.”

Scheffler was handcuffed and taken to jail. He was released and back at the golf course at 9:12 a.m. Because of the crash, tournament play was delayed and Scheffler’s tee time was rescheduled for 10:08. He was seen laughing as he warmed up on the driving range and made a birdie on his first hole of the day.

Scheffler posted a statement about the incident on Instagram around 9:45 a.m:

“This morning, I was proceeding as directed by police officers,” he wrote. “It was a very chaotic situation, understandably so considering the tragic accident that had occurred earlier, and there was a big misunderstanding of what I thought I was being asked to do. I never intended to disregard any of the instructions. I’m hopeful to put this to the side and focus on golf today.

“Of course, all of us involved in the tournament express our deepest sympathies to the family of the man who passed away in the earlier accident this morning. It truly puts everything into perspective.”

Earlier in the morning, traffic was backed up for at least a mile both ways on the only road leading to the golf course. Scheffler, who had been scheduled to start his round at 8:48 a.m., attempted to drive onto a median to get around the crash scene — according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, who witnessed the incident — ignoring a police officer who screamed for him to stop.

Scheffler drove 10 to 20 yards toward the entrance, according to ESPN, and a police officer at one point “attached himself to the side of Scheffler’s car.” Police told the Associated Press that the officer suffered “pain, swelling, and abrasions to his left wrist” after Scheffler’s car “accelerated forward.” The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Scheffler’s attorney, Steven Romines, told ESPN that the officer who attempted to stop Scheffler wasn’t part of the event traffic staff at the club.

“So that’s where the miscommunication arose,” Romines said.

“They [golfers] are allowed to go through, that’s why they have the credential and the wave-through,” Romines added. “[Scheffler] was unaware there had been a wreck, and he proceeded like they’d been instructed to. He did exactly as he was instructed to enter the premises.”

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