Scottie Scheffler Gave Wild Quote About His Time in Jail Cell After Arrest

No.1-ranked Scottie Scheffler on the 15th green at the 2024 PGA Championship second round Friday.
No.1-ranked Scottie Scheffler on the 15th green at the 2024 PGA Championship second round Friday. / Matt Stone/Courier Journal / USA TODAY

If you looked at the leaderboard of the PGA Championship midway through the second round Friday afternoon, you would see American Scottie Scheffler at nine-under par—tied for second place.

What you would not see was a hint of one of the most shocking off-the-course moments in golf history. In the early hours of the morning, Scheffler was arrested and charged with felony second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic—all, allegedly, while trying to enter Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.

Scheffler, per ESPN reporter (and witness to the golfer's arrest) Jeff Darlington, had been trying to avoid the scene of a bus accident that killed a man hours earlier. Later, Scheffler gave Darlington and other reporters a surreal account of his time in jail.

“I feel like my head is still spinning," Scheffler said. "I can’t really explain what happened. I did spend some time stretching in the jail cell.”

Though much of the morning's events remains hazy, Scheffler's performance remained steady. His five-under second round has him two shots back of leader and countryman Collin Morikawa.


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Patrick Andres

PATRICK ANDRES

Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.