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The already epic tale of Scottie Scheffler’s arrest outside Valhalla Golf Club this morning has taken a fresh twist.

The world No.1 was taken away in handcuffs this morning following an unrelated fatal car accident ahead of the second round of the PGA Championship.

He was subsequently charged with second degree assault of a police officer, third degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic.

Prior to beginning his delayed second round, Scheffler issued a statement in which he described the incident as “a very chaotic situation”.

“There was a big misunderstanding of what I thought I was being asked to do,” said the reigning Masters champion.

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“I never intended to disregard any of the instructions. I’m hopeful to put this to the side and focus on golf today.”

However, shortly after he got his round under way, his Louisville attorney, Steve Romines, spoke to local reporters.

“In the early hours of the morning, in advance of his tee time, Scottie was going to the course to begin his pre round preparation,” said Romines.

“Due to the combination of event traffic and a traffic fatality in the area it was a very chaotic situation, he was proceeding as directed by another traffic officer and driving a marked player’s vehicle with credentials visible.

“In the confusion, Scottie is alleged to have disregarded a different officer’s traffic signals resulting in these charges.

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“Multiple eyewitnesses have confirmed that he did not do anything wrong but was simply proceeding as directed.

“He stopped immediately upon being directed to and never at any point assaulted any officer with his vehicle.

“We will litigate this matter as needed and he will be completely exonerated.”

Scheffler, who is bidding to win his second successive major, his third overall, and his fifth title in his last six starts, has had his arraignment set for Tuesday morning at 9am local time.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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