What Scottie Scheffler Really Thought Of His Jail Stint

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Scottie Scheffler found himself in an unexpected and troubling situation just before the PGA Championship on May 17. The incident began when Scheffler, unaware of a tragic accident that had occurred earlier that morning, tried to enter the Valhalla Golf Club to prepare for the tournament. According to ESPN, a man had been fatally hit by a shuttle bus, resulting in a roadblock. Scheffler, misunderstanding the instructions of a police officer directing traffic, attempted to drive around the accident site. In the process, he unknowingly dragged the officer a few yards, leading to his arrest on four charges, including second-degree assault of a police officer. Scheffler insisted that it was a misunderstanding, and his attorney stated that Scheffler was following the instructions given to him to enter the premises.

Once in jail, Scheffler’s presence went unrecognized by fellow inmates until a police officer informed one of them, “You know you’re talking to the number one golfer in the world, right?” According to TMZ Sports, Scheffler was vocal about his frustration, repeatedly stating that it was unfair he was there. Despite the circumstances, Scheffler used his time in jail productively. As reported by the BBC, he stretched and went through his warm-up routine, hoping to make his PGA Championship tee time. He even watched TV in his cell, where he learned that the start time had been delayed. This allowed him to maintain his focus on the tournament.

Scheffler credited the police officers for helping him stay calm during the ordeal. They made light-hearted jokes once they realized who he was, and one officer even offered him a sandwich, which Scheffler accepted, having not eaten that morning. Reflecting on the experience, Scheffler remarked, “I definitely never imagined ever going to jail, and I definitely never imagined going to jail the morning before one of my tee times for sure.”

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Remarkably, Scheffler only spent about an hour and a half in jail and managed to make it to the PGA Championship with time to spare. His fans showed their support in a big way, greeting him with chants of “Free Scottie!” at his 10:08 tee time. Some fans even wore t-shirts featuring Scheffler’s mugshot and the words “Free Scottie,” which were being sold for $20. Despite the unusual and stressful lead-up to the tournament, Scheffler competed and finished in eighth place. He later reflected on the experience, telling CBS that he was not feeling like himself but did his best to recover and compete. Scheffler’s arraignment is scheduled for May 21, and according to Kevin Van Valkenburg of No Laying Up, the charges are expected to be dropped.