Scottie Scheffler admits he was 'pretty rattled' in wake of arrest, 'took a few holes' to get back to 'normal'

Scottie Scheffler shot a five-under 66, tied for the second-lowest score of the day up to when he finished his second round at the PGA Championship.

It was pretty impressive, considering he had been arrested about four hours before he teed off.

Scheffler was detained at 6:01 a.m. ET and released just over two-and-a-half hours later, and arrived at Valhalla another half hour after that, 56 minutes before his tee time.


His warm-up was severely affected: “I did spend some time stretching in a jail cell – that was a first for me,” Scheffler joked after the round.

Scheffler is known for his ability to be totally unwavered, but even he admitted he had been “pretty rattled” from his arrest to even several holes into his second round.

“Took a few holes to feel normal. Obviously, I didn’t have a normal warmup. I usually stick to my routine. I’m a big routine guy.… It took a few holes to settle in,” Scheffler said.”

“I was pretty rattled to say the least … I was shaking the whole time. I was shaking for, like, an hour,” he continued, adding that he had been “in shock and in fear.” 

“It was a new feeling for me.”


Scheffler took note of the fans “cheering extra loud for me.”

He admitted that “coming out to play was a challenge” with the “distractions,” and he did his best to control his breathing and his heart rate.

One of the first things he did when he finally got to Valhalla was give his parents a hug.

“Everyone was there in a moment where I really needed them. I didn’t stop shaking for a while,” he said.

Starting on the back nine, the reigning Masters champion naturally birdied 10 to start the day. He followed with a bogey on 11 but responded with a birdie on 12.

After five-straight pars, he then ripped off four birdies in his next eight holes.

He finished the round two shots back of the lead, as Collin Morikawa rattled off five straight birdies at a point to head into the clubhouse at -11; Scheffler was -4 after the first round.

Scheffler was booked into the Louisville Department of Corrections later Friday. He was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer (a felony), criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding signals from an officer directing traffic.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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