World’s top golfer Scottie Scheffler arrested at PGA Championship over traffic incident

Scottie Scheffler, the world’s top-ranked golfer, was arrested Friday on his way to the PGA Championship after he tried to drive into Valhalla Golf Club following a fatal traffic accident.

Scheffler was attempting to drive around the crash scene, according to ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington, who witnessed the incident. After a police officer told him to stop, Scheffler continued to drive 10 to 20 yards toward the entrance of the club in Louisville, Kentucky, ESPN said. When he stopped, he was pulled out of the car and placed in handcuffs. 

Police had halted traffic after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus at around 5 a.m. while crossing the road in a lane dedicated to tournament traffic, according to the Associated Press. 

ESPN said the golfer faces charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic. 

Scheffler, who won his second Masters Tournament last month, had been scheduled to start the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday morning. He arrived on the course after being released.  

Earlier this week, the 27-year-old announced the birth of his son.  –BLOOMBERG