Scottie Scheffler Arrested at PGA Championship For Not Following Orders During Traffic Jam After Fatality

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was detained by police in Louisville Friday morning on his way to the PGA Championship.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was detained by police in Louisville Friday morning on his way to the PGA Championship, with stunning images showing him handcuffed as he was led to a police car before he was released later in the morning. ESPN reported he failed to follow police orders during a pedestrian fatality investigation. 

Traffic was backed up for about a mile in both directions on the only road that leads to Valhalla Golf Club, with dozens of police cars flashing red-and-blue lights near the entrance.

Police said a pedestrian had been struck by a bus while crossing the road in a lane that was dedicated to tournament traffic. Police said the man died at the scene, CBS affiliate WLKY reported.

ESPN said Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world who has a tee time of 10:08 a.m. EDT in the second round, drove past a police officer in his SUV with markings on the door indicating it was a PGA Championship vehicle. ESPN said Scheffler drove past an officer, who screamed at him to stop and then attached himself to the car until Scheffler stopped about 10 yards later.

ESPN reported Jeff Darlington said he watched this unfold. He said police pulled Scheffler out of the car, pushed him up against the car and immediately placed him in handcuffs.

"Scheffler was then walked over to the police car, placed in the back, in handcuffs, very stunned about what was happening, looked toward me as he was in those handcuffs and said, 'Please help me,'" Darlington said. "He very clearly did not know what was happening in the situation. It moved very quickly, very rapidly, very aggressively."

Darlington said whole the incident started with a "misunderstanding with traffic flow."

The PGA of America did not immediately have a comment.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was detained by police in Louisville. - Louisville Metro Department of Corrections

The website for the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections briefly showed a booking photo of Scheffler before the photo was removed. According to the website, Scheffler was released at 8:40 a.m. and went back to the golf club.

The second round has been delayed by 1 hour, 20 minutes.

With cars backed in the morning darkness, other PGA-marked vehicles tried to move slowly toward the entrance. Traffic finally began to move slowly a little before 7 a.m.

It was a surreal start to what already has been a wild week of weather — the Masters champion and top-ranked in the world, dressed in workout clothes with his hands in cuffs behind his back amid flashing flights.

Darlington said police were not sure who he was. He said an officer asked him to leave and when he identified himself being with the media, he was told, "There's nothing you can do. He's going to jail."

Darlington said another police officer later approached with a notepad and asked if he knew the name of the person they put in handcuffs.

Scheffler is coming off four victories in his last five tournaments. He was home in Dallas the last three weeks waiting on the birth of his first child, a son that was born May 8.

Scheffler opened with a 4-under 67 and was five shots out of the lead as he tries to become only the fifth player since 1960 to win the first two majors of the year.

Last month, Scheffler won his second Masters Tournament victory in three years, finishing 11 under and four strokes up on his closest competitors.

This story was originally published by CBS News on May 17, 2024 at 9:38 a.m. ET.