Scottie Scheffler detained by police before start of PGA Championship

Louisville, Ky. – World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was taken into custody by Louisville Metro Police Friday morning as he tried to drive into the entrance of Valhalla Golf Club, site of this week’s PGA Championship.

Traffic was halted outside the golf course after a shuttle bus collided with a shuttle bus at about 5 a.m. ET, killing one person.

According to ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington, who witnessed the incident, Scheffler was trying to drive through a median near the crash site. A police officer instructed Scheffler to stop, but Scheffler continued driving approximately 10 to 20 yards toward the entrance.

At one point, an officer pinned himself to the side of Scheffler’s car. Scheffler stopped his car as he turned into the entrance to the Valhalla Golf Club.

After approximately 20 to 30 seconds, Scheffler rolled down his window to speak to the officer. According to Darlington, the officer grabbed Scheffler by the arm to pull him out of the vehicle. The officer reached inside the vehicle to open the door, and once Scheffler was out, he was pushed against the car and handcuffed.

Darlington was standing at the entrance when Scheffler was taken into custody. Darlington said Scheffler turned to him and asked, “Can you help?”

According to Darlington, an officer instructed him to retreat.

“You need to move out of the way,” the officer told Darlington. “You can’t do anything. He’s going to jail.”

The 27-year-old Scheffler had won four of his last five starts, including his second major championship at the Masters in April. They were scheduled to depart at 10:08 a.m. ET.

The start of the second round was delayed after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a shuttle bus outside Valhalla Golf Club, a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed to ESPN.

The unidentified man was attempting to cross Shelbyville Road around 5 a.m. when he collided with the lane dedicated to buses. Police said that the person died on the spot.

Several police and first responders were still at the scene at 6:45 a.m. ET. The dark and wet conditions brought road traffic to a halt and shuttle buses bringing fans to the golf course were halted.

PGA of America officials said play will begin at 8:35 a.m. ET. The second round was scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m. ET.

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