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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Saudi Public Investment Fund chief Yasir Al-Rumayyan continue to negotiate a possible future partnership, but the landscape changed with the tour's announcement on Wednesday.

The PGA Tour on Wednesday announced it has a new financial partner in the Strategic Sports Group and billions to invest in its new for-profit venture, PGA Tour Enterprises. What exactly does that all mean? Well, no one really knows, not for certain at least. Still, we tried our best to break down everything we do know/think at this point to help sort out what happened and what it means moving forward. With that, let's answer some questions:

Hold on, I thought the PGA Tour made a deal last summer with Saudi Arabia?

Well, the tour essentially agreed to try to make a deal with the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, and their June 6 framework agreement did drop their lawsuits against each other. But there was never an official partnership in place, just an agreement to work on a more formal agreement, which was extended beyond and original Dec. 31, 2023 deadline into 2024. Not helping matters was the poor reception to the framework agreement from those inside the tour and out. PGA Tour players were upset at the secret nature of the negotiations. There also was pushback from the U.S. government due to potential issues with antitrust regulations. Palpable outrage remains at the tour’s flip-flop in stances—initially wanting nothing to do with PIF, then suddenly wanting to be business partners, to say nothing of the moral complications that come with dealing with Saudi Arabia.

As a result of the negative response to the small cohort that pieced together the framework agreement, more individuals were added to the tour’s decision-making process—including Tiger Woods—by request of the players. By the time tour officials went to a Congressional hearing regarding the proposed venture with PIF, the tour began courting other avenues of private equity investment, both to appease antitrust concerns regarding a merger of sorts but also as alternative funding to PIF should the framework deal not come to fruition.

So the deal with PIF isn’t happening?

Well, more on that in a second.

OK, so what was Wednesday’s agreement then?

The endeavor announced as a goal of the framework agreement, a new for-profit venture called PGA Tour Enterprises, was officially launched, thanks to the financial backing of up to $3 billion from a consortium called the Strategic Sports Group, with an initial investment of $1.5 billion.

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What is PGA Tour Enterprises?

Officially, it’s an entity that houses the PGA Tour’s commercial businesses and rights, as well as those of the DP World Tour. Which is a fancy way of saying, it’s a division that’s meant to maximize revenue for the tours and their players.

The $3 billion will be funneled here while allowing the tour to keep its non-profit 501(c)(6) classification that carries tax exemptions for “business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade, and professional football leagues.” Initially, PIF was expected to infuse, at minimum, another $1 billion into PGA Tour Enterprises, and LIV Golf would be folded under the Enterprises umbrella as well. The tour says PGA Tour Enterprises has a valuation of $12 billion.

Uh, $12 billion?

It does sound like, ahem, a generous projection. But you have to remember those billions in NFTs that Phil Mickelson said the tour’s sitting on.


John Henry and Tom Werner are among the business people who help oversee the Strategic Sports Group.

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Moving on. Who comprises the Strategic Sports Group?

SSG is a collective of several investors and firms, fronted by the Fenway Sports Group . The sports conglomerate owns the Boston Red Sox, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Liverpool F.C., and a NASCAR racing team. The group also has Fenway Park and the New England Sports Network under its roof. Other members of SSG include Arthur Blank (owner of the Atlanta Falcons), Wyc Grousbeck (Boston Celtics), Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks), Tom Ricketts (Chicago Cubs), Cohen Private Ventures (New York Mets) and HighPost Capital. Many of the aforementioned names have an ownership stake in TGL, the Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy mixed-reality circuit that was set to launch in 2024, but was pushed back a year when its facility suffered damage in a storm last month.

So does Fenway run PGA Tour Enterprises?

Technically the PGA Tour will be the controlling owner of PGA Tour Enterprises, with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan serving as its CEO and SSG considered a minority partner. In the previous framework agreement, Saudi PIF governor (and de facto head of LIV Golf) Yasir Al-Rumayyan was listed as chairman of PGA Tour Enterprises, but Al-Rumayyan was not mentioned in any of Wednesday’s releases nor in a call to PGA Tour players. On Wednesday’s call with players, it was explained that four members of SSG would serve on the Enterprises’ board for decisions, along with seven tour players, Monahan, and another director from the tour.


Tiger Woods is among the members of the PGA Tour Policy Board who voted to approve the PGA Tour taking on SSG as a investor in PGA Tour Enterprises.

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How will the players benefit?

According to the tour, more than 200 of its members will get the opportunity to be equity holders in PGA Tour Enterprises, which projects on giving out $1.5 billion in equity. These grants, vested in time, will be “based on career accomplishments, recent achievements, future participation and services and PGA Tour membership status, and grants are only available to qualified PGA Tour players.” Most of the equity will be given to the game’s top players, as compensation of sorts for not defecting to LIV Golf. So players will become owners in PGA Tour Enterprises.

You mentioned LIV again; so they’re not a part of this at all?

In a press release, the tour stated Wednesday’s announcement “allows for a co-investment from the Public Investment Fund (PIF) in the future, subject to all necessary regulatory approvals.” Sources familiar with the negotiations have told Golf Digest that SSG made the deal with the PGA Tour under the belief that the PIF would be a part of PGA Tour Enterprises down the line.

However, talks between PIF and the PGA Tour have not gone well, sources tell Golf Digest. PIF officials were upset that the tour solicited private equity, which is why PIF recruited Jon Rahm to join LIV at the end of 2023. Rahm was seen as a bargaining chip amid worries the PGA Tour will ultimately walk away from the proposed framework agreement, the belief being that the tour could not afford to lose someone as valuable as Rahm. The problem, sources tell Golf Digest, is that a number of highly prominent voices inside the tour looked at the Rahm poaching as a casus belli, ending this period of detente and possibly reigniting professional golf’s civil war.

Meaning, the LIV-PGA Tour feud is back on?

Publicly, both sides assure they are still talking. Privately … the feud is definitely back on.

OK, so just to clarify, Wednesday’s announcement did what exactly?

It provided more financial security to the tour and gave some more incentive for its best players to stay. That’s not nothing, we suppose. Yet, there was a contingent who asserted that Rahm’s departure would be what ultimately brought the game back together; Wednesday’s announcement did little to support that theory, and instead appeared to serve as the tour’s response to losing one of its biggest stars. Anyone hoping Wednesday would signal an end to what’s happened over the past two years in professional golf likely is walking away disappointed.

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Scottie Scheffler arrested by police before second round

World number one golfer Scottie Scheffler was charged with assaulting a police officer outside Valhalla Golf Club hours before starting his second round at the 2024 PGA Championship.

Scheffler — who was also charged with third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic — was released by police just in time to take to the course for his tee-off time of 10:08am ET. He impressed with a five-under round of 66 that moved him into third, at nine-under for the tournament.

The Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections, who posted a mugshot of the 27-year-old, said he was booked in at 7.28am local time and released at 8.40am. Scheffler later described the incident as “a big misunderstanding”.

The start of Friday’s second round was delayed by 80 minutes because of an unrelated crash near the course . Louisville police said a shuttle bus had struck and killed a pedestrian outside the golf club. Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg later named him as local man John Mills.

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Xander Schauffele 36-hole leader at PGA Championship with Morikawa, Scheffler chasing

Xander Schauffele stepped onto the first tee Friday at Valhalla Golf Club after a historic first round at the PGA Championship. He shot a 9-under 62, giving him the 18-hole lead. It tied the men’s major scoring record, the lowest round in PGA Championship history.

Friday’s round for Schauffele didn’t smash records or set career-scoring bests. But it kept the 30-year-old atop the PGA Championship leaderboard heading into the weekend.

Schauffele shot a second-round 68, giving him the 36-hole lead. It’s the second consecutive week Schauffele led a tournament after 36 holes. Last week, Schauffele couldn’t secure the win, thanks to a dominant performance from Rory McIlroy.

The seven-time PGA Tour winner is looking for a different outcome this week, attempting to capture his first major championship.

Xander Schauffele 36-hole leader at PGA Championship with Morikawa, Scheffler chasing


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Watch out for Bryson

This is the second time Bryson DeChambeau has started a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s.

The other was his win at the 2020 U.S. Open.

Koepka records 8 birdies in second round

It was a roller coaster second round for Brooks Koepka.

He shot a 3-under 68, which consisted of eight birdies.

But it also included three bogeys and a double.

Koepka sits at 7-under-par, five off the lead held by Xander Schauffele.

Tiger birdies 18 but misses cut

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Tiger Woods finished the 2024 PGA Championship at 7-over-par.

He shot a 6-over 77 in his second round.

But Tiger finished the PGA at Valhalla, where he won this event in 2000, with a birdie on 18.

Woods hasn't made a cut at the PGA since 2020.

Schauffele shoots second-round 68

Best 36-hole score to par in PGA Championship history:

2019 Brooks Koepka, -12 (led by seven)

2024 Xander Schauffele, -12

Here comes Koepka

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Brooks Koepka had a double bogey on the par-5 10th.

He's rallied with three birdies since, including one on the par-4 15th.

Koepka has seven birdies on the day and is four off the lead at 8-under-par.

What's at stake for Robert MacIntyre

Robert MacIntyre has never previously been in the top 20 entering the third round of a major.

Where PGA champions need to be after 36 holes

31 of the last 34 winners of the PGA Championship have been in the top 10 through 36 holes.

Over the last 30 years, 91 percent of men's major winners have been in the top 10 entering the third round.

McIlroy going in the wrong direction

Rory McIlroy, who won the PGA the last time it was staged at Valhalla, is going in the wrong direction.

After being 1-under-par through 11 holes, McIlroy records a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 12th.

He is 4-under-par for the tournament, eight back of the lead.

Needs a strong finish coming in to get back in the mix.

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Inside the most bizarre day in major golf with the arrest of Scottie Scheffler

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The most shocking day in golf major championship history began with a tragedy, and saw Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 male player in the world, arrested, booked into a local jail and released in time to tee off.

It was just after 5 a.m. on a rainy Friday morning that police were called to the street outside of Valhalla Golf Club. A shuttle bus traveling down Shelbyville Road struck and killed John Mills, a local man working the PGA Championship for a tournament vendor.

The fatal wreck caused traffic to be shut down in both directions outside of Valhalla, which is hosting the major championship for the first time in a decade. Scheffler arrived at the scene an hour later, amid a steady rain and flashing police lights, seeking to enter the property and begin preparation for an 8:48 a.m. tee time for Round 2 of the PGA Championship. A police and security presence outside of a major championship routine is typical, even common. “I drive by cops like that probably 10 times a year,” one PGA Tour swing coach said, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter.

What happened next was anything but common. When Scheffler, traveling eastbound, attempted to move his vehicle into the westbound lane, according to the Louisville Police Department arrest report, detective Bryan Gillis attempted to stop the vehicle. The police report said Scheffler continued forward, “dragging Detective Gillis to the ground,” and noted that he suffered injuries that required medical treatment, as well as irreparable damage to his $80 uniform pants. Jeff Darlington, an ESPN NFL reporter assigned to cover the second golf major of the year, happened to be on the scene and watched it unfold, reporting that Scheffler’s vehicle moved 10 to 20 yards before coming to a final stop.

Scheffler’s attorney, Steve Romines, said Scheffler was originally instructed to go in and that the officer directing traffic was not part of the event traffic detail. “So that’s where the miscommunication arose and that’s why we’re here,” Romines said Friday morning.

When Scheffler did stop, he lowered his window and the officer reached in, grabbed Scheffler’s arm and pulled the door open, Darlington reported. The officer then put Scheffler in handcuffs and pushed him against the car. As Scheffler was escorted toward a police car in the rainy dark, a video filmed by Darlington showed Scheffler turning to say, “Can you help?”

“You need to get out of the way,” another officer told Darlington. “Right now, he’s going to jail, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Inside the most bizarre day in major golf with the arrest of Scottie Scheffler

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Xander Schauffele makes his first bogey of the week.

The last player to go the first 36 holes of a PGA Championship without a single bogey is Hale Irwin in 1993.

Schauffele falls to 12-under-par, one ahead of Collin Morikawa.

Schauffele improves to 13-under-par

Xander Schauffele is now 13-under.

The lowest 36-hole score to par in men's major championship history is 14 under by Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters.

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Will Zalatoris: Players discussed delaying, canceling PGA Championship second round

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A small group of players discussed not playing the second round of the PGA Championship as scheduled following the death of a pedestrian outside of Valhalla Golf Club, as well as the arrest of world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.

Will Zalatoris detailed the 20-30 minute conversation, which took place in the Valhalla locker room, to a small group of reporters after his round Friday afternoon. The group of unnamed players considered approaching the PGA of America about the cancellation or delay of Friday’s play, he said.

“Some of the guys were talking about, wondering if we should even play today,” Zalatoris said. “At one point there were a group of guys in the locker room talking about going to the PGA of America about it, but I think it was dead in the water in the locker room. It was bizarre. We just didn’t know … when Scottie was going to get out, any of the details.”

Tee times were delayed by one hour and 20 minutes on Friday after a shuttle bus struck and killed John Mills, who was working for a tournament vendor. The PGA moved the first tee times from 7:15 a.m. ET to 8:35.

Will Zalatoris: Players discussed delaying, canceling PGA Championship second round

Scheffler practicing, signing autographs

Scottie post-round practicea

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During his Friday post-round news conference, Scottie Scheffler said that he was "going to go back to his normal routine." That includes having a meal, practicing in the afternoon, going to the gym before heading home and getting some rest before the weekend.

Well, the broadcast showed Scheffler practicing bunker shots and signing autographs for fans.

Scheffler shot a second-round 66.

Schauffele solo leader

Xander 12-under-par

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Xander Schauffele is the solo leader at the PGA Championship.

He fires a 3-under 32 on the front nine, which includes a lengthy birdie on the 9th hole.

Schauffele makes the turn at 12-under-par, one shot ahead of Collin Morikawa.

Scottie Scheffler climbs PGA Championship leaderboard hours after arrest

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Scottie Scheffler, the world’s most dominant golfer, rose up the leaderboard of the PGA Championship on Friday, hours after he was arrested while trying to navigate a traffic backup caused by a crash that killed a pedestrian outside Valhalla Golf Club.

In an extraordinary sequence of events over about three hours, Scheffler was handcuffed while arriving at the course before sunrise, booked while wearing an orange jumpsuit in downtown Louisville and driven back to the course with stunned crowds following his every move as his newly hired local lawyer told reporters that he would comply with an investigation into his interaction with a police officer who was directing traffic. Scheffler faces charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic.

Scheffler’s day on the course finally began at 10:08 a.m. ET, when he teed off nearly four hours after his arrest. He went on to shoot a 5-under-par 66, climbing into a tie for third on the leaderboard. Scheffler, who said he began stretching in a jail cell Friday in hopes of returning to Valhalla in time for his tee time, said after the round his head was “spinning.”

“It was a chaotic situation and a big misunderstanding,” Scheffler said.

Scottie Scheffler: A fan favorite

Scottie shoots second-round 66

Following his second-round 66, Scottie Scheffler high-fived fans as he walked off the course to sign his scorecard.

Two spectators had T-shirts with Scheffler's face. One of the tees showed Scheffler's mugshot that the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections posted Friday morning when the World No. 1 was booked in downtown Louisville.

Scheffler was arrested Friday morning while trying to navigate a traffic backup caused by a crash that killed a pedestrian outside Valhalla Golf Club.

Scheffler: ‘I did spend some time stretching in a jail cell’

Scottie post-round news conference

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Scottie Scheffler said he feels his head is “still spinning” after the sequence of events he experienced on Friday. He was arrested and handcuffed Friday morning while arriving at the course before sunrise, booked in an orange jumpsuit in downtown Louisville, then returned to Valhalla Golf Club and shot a second-round 66 at the PGA Championship.

Scheffler faces charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m., according to online court records, two days after the PGA Championship is scheduled to end.

Asked to encapsulate what transpired, Scheffler described his pre-round routine, which took place in jail.

“I did spend some time stretching in a jail cell that was a first for me,” Scheffler said after his second round.

Scheffler said his “main focus after getting arrested” was whether he could continue playing in the PGA Championship. He said that he was in “shock” when he got arrested and that he was “shaking for an hour,” trying to calm down.

While getting fingerprinted in jail, Scheffler said a police officer offered him a sandwich.

“Sure, I’ll take a sandwich, I didn’t eat breakfast yet,” Scheffler said.

Scheffler teed off at 10:08 a.m., nearly four hours after his arrest. He described Friday's round as “pretty good.”

“It was nice to be able to put together a solid round today for sure,” Scheffler said.

Tiger Woods cards second triple-bogey of round

Tiger Woods cards second triple-bogey of round

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This isn’t pleasant to watch: Tiger Woods, a 15-time major winner, has carded his second triple-bogey seven in the space of three holes.

This time his game deserts him on the fourth, having also bogeyed the third. He’s now eight over — seven over for the round — and his hopes of making it to the weekend are long gone.

How Many Tours Does The PGA Tour Run?

The PGA Tour runs a number of different professional golf tours, from feeder circuits to its over-50s PGA Tour Champions

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The PGA Tour is one of the most famous sports leagues in the world and the dominant tour in men's professional golf, but did you know that it also runs a number of other tours?

The main PGA Tour is home to the majority of the elite players playing men's professional golf as they aim to win the biggest prize funds and claim the biggest honors in the game, however, its other tours support up-and-coming players, golfers from Canada, Latin America, over 50s and basically anyone who is looking to make it to the big leagues.

Here's a look at the other tours the main PGA Tour operates...

Korn Ferry Tour

Scottie Scheffler holds the Korn Ferry Tour trophy in 2019

Scottie Scheffler won the Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors in 2019

This is a US developmental tour in which golfers try and work their way to the PGA Tour. The top 30 players on the season-long standings at the conclusion of the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour Championship will earn a PGA Tour membership for the 2024 season. Events aren’t just exclusive to the United States, with tournaments held in Brazil, Mexico, and Canada amongst other countries.

The Korn Ferry Tour has had a few different names, starting out as the Ben Hogan Tour in 1990, changing names (and sponsors) to the Nike Tour, Tour, Nationwide Tour and Tour.

A number of Major winners have come through the Korn Ferry Tour as money list winners, including Tom Lehman, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker and, most recently, Scottie Scheffler . 

PGA Tour Canada

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This was taken over by the PGA Tour in November 2012, having been originally founded in 1970 and Mackenzie investments became the sponsor of the tour in 2015. It is an international developmental tour and it provides access to the Korn Ferry Tour as a pathway to the main PGA Tour.

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A number of players have come through the 'Canadian Tour', as it's known, to the main tour in recent years, including PGA Tour winners JJ Spaun, Joel Dahmen and Mackenzie Hughes .

PGA Tour Latinoamerica

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Mitchell Meissner won the 2022 PGA Tour Latinoamerica Order of Merit to earn Korn Ferry Tour status

Formed in 2012, the PGA Tour Latinoamerica is another developmental tour run by the PGA Tour that holds events throughout South America and Mexico.

The Order of Merit winner gains a Korn Ferry Tour card, with the rest of the top five earning spots into Korn Ferry Tour Final Qualifying. Places six to 50 go to the stage prior to Final Qualifying.

PGA Tour Champions

Bernhard Langer with the Charles Schwab Cup in 2018

Bernhard Langer with the Charles Schwab Cup in 2018

Originally named the Senior PGA Tour having been formed in 1980, it settled on its current name of the PGA Tour Champions following the 2015 season. This tour allows golfers aged 50 and over who may have lost the ability to regular challenge at the top on the PGA Tour the opportunity to compete for prizes including the Senior Major Championships.

It features 54-hole tournaments with no cut mainly, aside from the five Senior Majors that are played over 72-holes and 36-hole cuts. Each season, players compete for the Charles Schwab Cup, with Bernhard Langer winning the money list title a record 11 times. Langer has won over $30m on the PGA Tour Champions and 44 titles as of 2023, one shy of Hale Irwin's record.

PGA Tour China

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England's Callum Tarren won the 2018 PGA Tour China Order of Merit

The PGA Tour China was another part of the PGA Tour’s global expansion, although it ceased to exist in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It started in 2014 and had five full seasons before shutting down. The tour's top finishers on the Order of Merit earned Korn Ferry Tour status ranging from a full card to the champion to entry into Q-school and some starts for lower finishers.

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Scottie Scheffler breaks record for most consecutive rounds under par on the PGA Tour

S cottie Scheffler had another record to his name. The American golfer shot a fabulous round of 5-under-par at the 2024 Texas Children's Houston Open on Thursday, March 28.

In the first round of the tournament, Scheffler was pretty impressive with his game and settled in a tie for third place. He broke the record of scoring under par in most consecutive rounds on the PGA Tour.

The current World No.1 arguably has been enjoying the best days of his career on the Tour. He has not missed a cut since the beginning of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.

Scheffler now has 28 consecutive rounds of under-par on the PGA Tour. It's the highest by any Tour player since 1983, when the records were first kept. Trailing behind by just a round is the rising star, Akshay Bhatia , who has 27 consecutive under-par rounds.

The 2024 Texas Children's Houston Open started with its inaugural round on Thursday, March 28, at the Memorial Park Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The tournament features a regular full-size 144-player field, and Scheffler is the highest-ranked player playing this week.

Coming at the tournament after winning his last two consecutive tournaments, Scheffler is the best bet for the week. He looks forward to completing a winning hat-trick on the PGA tour at this week's event.

Prior to the Texas Children's Houston Open, Scottie Scheffler had defended his title at The Players and also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this month. Fans are intrigued to see if Scheffler can win this week in Texas and complete a hat trick.

A look into the incredible performance of Scottie Scheffler

Scheffler has never failed to impress fans with resounding golf prowess. After winning his first Major at the Masters in 2022, he has been playing fabulously amazing. He started the 2024 PGA Tour at the season-opening The Sentry event. He shot all four rounds under par and settled in a tie for fifth place.

Scheffler scored under par 7 in the tournament's opening round, followed by another round of under 9. He struggled in the game in the third round but still managed to score under par 2, and with the final of under par 7, Scheffler secured the fifth spot on the leaderboard in a tie with Sungjae Im, Brian Harman , J.T. Poston, and Collin Morikawa.

Following The Sentry, Scheffler teed it up at The American Express, and he shot all four rounds of under par. He then shot three rounds of -3, -8 and -2 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which was trimmed to 54 holes due to inclement weather. Scheffler's incredible form continued at the WM Phoenix Open and shot four rounds of -3, -5, -5 and -5.

Moving forward, he played at The Genesis Invitational , hosted by Tiger Woods. The tournament featured a stellar field, but Scheffler was impressive throughout the four rounds and maintained an outstanding record of scoring under par. He shot four rounds -3, -1, -1 and -3.

Next, Scheffler competed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and emerged victorious. He played all four rounds of the under-par at the tournament to settle for a total of under 15. He registered a fabulous five-stroke victory in the game. He then played at The Players, shot all four under-par rounds, and defended the title.

Scottie Scheffler breaks record for most consecutive rounds under par on the PGA Tour


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He tripled a senior tour salary on LIV. Now he’s contending for a senior major

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A few years ago, Richard Bland’s career was left for dead.

He was 46 years old and on the brink, a zero-time professional winner who’d just been relegated from the DP World Tour to the Challenger Tour. At his age, Bland’s odds of getting another shot in the big leagues were next to zero. His odds of making it back to the big leagues and making something of it? Well, they were stretching the limits of the decimal point.

On Friday morning, Richard Bland awoke in a very different place. He was holding the lead at the Senior PGA Championship, topping a leaderboard of former stars like Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk after an opening-round, 7-under 64. And wildest of all? He was doing it with the knowledge that in a field full of big-time senior tour earners, he had tripled nearly all of their 2024 salaries.

For Blandy, the story begins in his 478th professional start at the 2021 Betfred British Masters, when the unthinkable happened: He won . At 48 years old he was the oldest first-time winner ever on the European Tour. The victory guaranteed him invites into the U.S. Open and PGA Championships, and a strong stretch of golf followed over the next year, which included starts on the PGA Tour and a full DP World Tour calendar.

Then, in June 2022, chaos arrived to professional golf. LIV Golf burst onto the scene with billions in funding and a mandate to hire a class of professional golfers. Bland, a pro golf lifer with little in the bank to show for it, was the ideal early target. LIV’s $20 million events offered more money than he’d ever dreamed of, and the no-cut structure protected him from the bottom falling out. The choice was easy, and before long, he was a founding member of the Cleeks .

Two years and a number of LIV starts later, an email arrived from the PGA of America’s Bob Jeffrey last May. Jeffrey wanted to know: Did Bland, then 50 and newly eligible for senior tour events, have any interest in competing in the Senior PGA Championship?

“Yeah, I got invited last year. Completely out of the blue. I wasn’t expecting it,” Bland said. “Unfortunately I couldn’t play it. Clashed with a LIV event.”

As it turned out, Bland was eligible for the tournament based on a one-time exemption given to past DP World Tour winners. The exemption was due to lapse in 2025, but when Bland saw his tournament schedule was free for the week of the tournament this year, he reached back out to the PGA of America.

“I said, ‘look, I appreciated the gesture for the invite. If it could be run to this year I would love to come play,'” Bland said. “And Bob came straight back and said, ‘we would love to have you,’ so here I am.”

That’s how Bland arrived at Harbor Shores Golf Club in southern Michigan for this week’s Senior PGA, and after a brilliant start to the week, it’s also how he finds himself near the top of the leaderboard.

“I know Seth Waugh very well. He was my Dunhill partner few moons ago now. So I saw Seth last night. You know, I thanked him for it,” Bland said. “Yeah, I’m very grateful for the invite and hopefully I can do something with it.”

We don’t know for sure how Blandy’s fellow senior tour competitors feel about the whole ordeal. The 51-year-old Cleek entered Friday morning with $1.9 million in earnings for the season, triple all but five players on the Champions Tour in 2024.

Regardless, Bland will enter the weekend the highest-paid player in a field of those competing for a piece of the Senior PGA’s $3.5 million winner’s purse. And with a good shot of holding the 36-hole lead come Friday evening, he might just be the favorite of the field.

Not bad for a guy on the brink.

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PGA Championship live updates, leaderboard: Scottie Scheffler gets to 9-under after arrest, Xander Schauffele back on top

Xander schauffele retook the lead from collin morikawa late on friday night in louisville.

Things were very chaotic at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday morning.

First, a fatal early-morning traffic incident has pushed back start times for the second round of the PGA Championship. Then, top-ranked Scottie Scheffler was handcuffed and arrested after he was stopped trying to drive around the traffic tie-up the incident caused. Scheffler is facing multiple charges, though attorneys told Yahoo Sports that he's not likely to face a felony conviction and an officer was hospitalized in the incident .

Scheffler was released a short time later, and he returned to Valhalla to start his second round as scheduled. He even birdied his opening hole , and seemed to be in good spirits out on the course. The whole situation, he said in a statement before his round , was because of "a big misunderstanding." Scheffler made the turn with his group at 6-under. He posted a 5-under 66, which dropped him to 9-under at the midway point of the tournament.

Xander Schauffele — who tied (his own) major record with a 9-under 62 in Round 1, which was the lowest score in PGA Championship history — will tee off in the afternoon wave. He entered the day with a three-shot lead, though that quickly disappeared after Collin Morikawa made a ridiculous five straight birdies on his back nine to get to briefly 12-under on the day. He posted a 6-under 65, which gave him a two-shot lead when he hit the clubhouse. Schauffele, however, quickly retook the lead by the time he made the turn in his round. He'll enter the weekend at 12-under.

Tiger Woods, however, struggled on Friday. He fell down the leaderboard early after a pair of triple bogeys, and ended up missing the cut.

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Saturday's start

Per the PGA:

Round 2 will resume at 7:15 AM on Saturday morning. All players must be in position and ready to play at 7:15 AM.

Round 3 Starting Times will begin at 9:00 AM to approximately 3:00 PM in Groups of 2 off the #1 tee only.

Now that we're (almost) halfway through the PGA Championship, here's where things stand at Valhalla.

Round 2 has been suspended due to darkness @PGAChampionship . — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 18, 2024

1. Xander Schauffele (-12)

2. Collin Morikawa (-11)

3. Sahith Theegala (-10)

T4. Mark Hubbard (-9)

T4. Scottie Scheffler

T4. Thomas Detry

T4. Bryson DeChambeau

T8. Austin Eckroat (-8)

T8. Viktor Hovland

T8. Tony Finau

Play has been suspended

That's it for Round 2. Play has been suspended due to darkness with a couple dozen players still on the course.

Tiger gets an ovation

It was a foregone conclusion for most of the the second round that Tiger Woods would miss the cut at the PGA. A couple of triples in his first four holes sealed that deal. So when he holed out for birdie on 18, he smiled a big smile and walked off to an encouraging gallery. Plus-seven sends him home.

If there's a positive, it's this: after those doubles, he was 1-under over his final 14 holes.

Next time we see him will likely be in June at Pinehurst.

Tiger Woods misses the cut

Tiger Woods just birdied his final hole of the day, which brought him to 7-over on the week. That'll be it for him at the PGA Championship.

Xander Schauffele takes 1-shot lead into the weekend

Xander Schauffele will take his one-shot lead into the weekend. Schauffele posted a 68 on Friday, which moved him to 12-under on the week. He's one shot ahead of Collin Moriakwa heading into Moving Day.

For a brief moment, Will Zalatoris said there was a group of players who wanted to postpone Friday's round at Valhalla.

"At one point there were a group of guys in the locker room talking about going to the PGA of America about it, but I think it was dead in the water in the locker room. It was bizarre."

Tiger is holding steady at 7-over on the day with four holes left. He's going to miss the cut, which is currently projected at 1-under.

Tiger is going to miss a cut for the 24th time worldwide in what is nearly 28 years as a pro. It will be his 13th missed cut in a major.. 9 of those MCs in majors will have occurred in the last 10 years. — Bob Harig (@BobHarig) May 17, 2024

Believe it or not, Sahith Theegala managed to save bogey here. He's at 9-under now.

From here ... to here. — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

Where's Bryson when you need him?

The sign left down after Theegala’s visit to the hospitality area. I know someone who’s here on the course who could help with this situation. — Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) May 17, 2024

Bryson DeChambeau is making moves to close out his round. He's made four birdies in his last six holes to drop to 7-under on the day.

Bryson DeChambeau for another 🐦‍⬛ He's now -4 through 8. #PGAChamp — PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 17, 2024

Sahith Theegala with a bogey-free start to keep himself in contention. He's just two back of Xander Schauffele at the turn.

Here comes @SRTheegala ! He's just two back of the lead @PGAChampionship . — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

And now he's given one back ...

Schauffele missed a short putt for par at 11, a rare mistake for him in his first two rounds. The lead is back to just one.

Xander not done

Another hole, another birdie for Xander Schauffele. He's got it to 13-under, two strokes clear, after a birdie at 10. He may not shoot 62 today, but he going low again.

Schauffele back to the lead

It took him nine holes, but Xander Schauffele has taken the lead back from Collin Morikawa. With a birdie on 7, Schauffele got to 11-under, to tie Morikawa. Another birdie at No. 9 and just like that, the man who shot a 62 on Thursday is to 12-under, 3-under on his round Friday.

What about the cutline?

1-under, that's where it's projected right now. Here are some of those in danger of (or definitely) missing the weekend:

(* Denotes still on the course)

- Jon Rahm (E)

- Matt Fitzpatrick (E)

- Jordan Spieth (E)*

- Dustin Johnson (+2)*

- Wyndham Clark (+4)

- Phil Mickelson (+4)

- Tiger Woods (+6)*

- Michael Block (+8)*

Tiger nearly holes it

It hasn't been a good day for Tiger Woods, who is on his way to missing the cut. But he did have this moment at No. 8:

WOW! Tiger Woods nearly ACES the 8th hole! 🐯 #PGAChamp — PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 17, 2024

Even with birdies on Nos. 7 and 8, Woods is still 6-over no thanks to a pair of triple bogeys. The cut line is projected to be 1-under, so it's doubtful he'll be playing tomorrow.

Brooks Koepka!

The defending champ started his second round with a bogey, then birdied the second and, well, drained a 58-footer for birdie at the third. At 5-under, he has himself in the mix.

Scottie Scheffler warmed up in his jail cell

True story. After his round, Scheffler provided some details of his arrest:

- He stretched in his jail cell, hoping he'd make it to the course in time.

- He found out starting times had been delayed by watching a TV tuned to ESPN from his cell, then he started doing some math.

- He never name dropped.

- Officers offered him a sandwich while in jail.

- He never considered not playing.

- He said he was shaking for over an hour.

And he had this to say about his round: "I would say it was pretty good. "I definitely never imagined going to jail and I definitely never imagined going to jail the morning before one of my tee times."

Viktor Hovland one-hops it in for an eagle! He's now at 5-under after this wild chip at No. 4.

UP & IN! Viktor Hovland holes out for eagle! He's now -5. #PGAChamp — PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 17, 2024

Tiger Woods falling apart fast

Tiger Woods just made a second triple bogey on No. 4. With a bogey between both of his triples, he's now at 7-over on the day.

His week here is done.

Scottie Scheffler is addressing his arrest this morning now with reporters at Valhalla.

"I did spend some time stretching in a jail cell, that was a first for me." Scottie Scheffler comments on his morning before the second round. — Golf on CBS ⛳ (@GolfonCBS) May 17, 2024

Xander just one back

Xander Schauffele is not backing down. Yes, his lead is gone, but he's already on the board with a 38-foot birdie putt to pull within one of Morikawa.

Xander from 38 feet! He’s one back thru 3 @PGAChampionship . — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

Scottie Scheffler sitting at 9-under

Scottie Scheffler went from an early morning arrest to posting a 5-under 66 on Friday at Valhalla.

More from Jay Busbee on the ground in Louisville.

Scottie Scheffler's 66 after his arrest

Despite his chaotic morning, Scottie Scheffler is still right in the mix. He posted a 5-under 66, which pushed him to 9-under on the week. That's two back from Collin Morikawa in the lead.

After being arrested this morning, Scottie Scheffler's second round vaults him near the top of the leaderboard. — Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 17, 2024

Tiger Woods' triple-bogey

Well, Tiger Woods may not make the weekend. Woods made a triple bogey on the second hole, which dropped him back to 4-over on the week. It marked his first triple bogey in 1,441 career holes at the PGA Championship.

The projected cut is still at E.

Collin Morikawa finishes in the lead

Collin Morikawa bogeyed the 9th, which drops him to 11-under on the week. That's still good for a two-shot lead as he enters the clubhouse.

The round of the day so far at Valhalla 🔥 A stellar Friday showing from @Collin_Morikawa . — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

Jay Busbee has more from on the ground about the tragic death this morning at Valhalla.

Yeah, the t-shirts and Scottie-in-prison jokes are funny. But don't forget the tragedy at the heart of this year's PGA Championship. — Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) May 17, 2024

Tiger Woods tees off

Tiger Woods' group is off and running at Valhalla. Woods is starting the day at 1-over, which is just outside the projected cutline.

Xander Schauffele is off ...

When he woke up, Xander Schauffele had a three-shot lead. When he teed off just a minute ago, he trailed Colin Morikawa by three strokes. Time to play catch up.

Emiliano Grillo isn't have the tournament he'd hoped for — he was +3 going to 13 — but this will do:

SLAM DUNK 🏀 @GrilloEmiliano holes out for eagle on the par-4 13th @PGAChampionship ! — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

Morikawa continues his roll

Make it five straight birdies for Collin Morikawa, after converting a short 5-footer on No. 8 (his 17th hole). Morikawa has gone from two back to a two-shot lead. Birdie x 5 will do that.

Who is Mark Hubbard?

Most know leader Collin Morikawa. But who's "Hubbard," who's now 10-under and in second place? Well, it's Mark Hubbard, world No. 81. Hubbard, 34, turned pro in 2012. While he has a win on the Korn Ferry Tour, he's never won on the main stage. This is just his fourth major tournament. His best finish: T51 at the 2020 PGA Championship. Safe to say, he's setting himself up for the biggest payday of his career.

Scottie Scheffler's legal battle

Scottie Scheffler, attorneys say, almost certainly won't face any felony charges after his arrest on Friday morning.

More details on his arrest and impending legal fight:

Collin Morikawa, solo leader

That's another birdie for Collin Morikawa, and he's now in the solo lead at 10-under. That's his third straight birdie on his back nine.

Collin Morikawa takes the lead! That's 3-straight birdies for the 2020 PGA Champion. — PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 17, 2024

PGA of America releases new statement

The PGA of America released a new statement on Friday afternoon about both the fatal accident and Scottie Scheffler's arrest.

The PGA of America just released a statement "While the legal process plays out, questions should to be directed to Scheffler’s attorney or local authorities." — Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) May 17, 2024

Morikawa joins the lead

And now Collin Morikawa is getting in on the action at the top. He's made back-to-back birdies on his back nine to join Mark Hubbard and Xander Schauffele in the lead at 9-under.

Schauffele is set to tee off in about an hour.

2020 PGA Champion Collin Morikawa is tied for the lead! — PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 17, 2024

Now Scottie Scheffler is throwing darts on his back nine. He stuck this one at the second to set up a birdie, which pushed him to 7-under.

Nearly holed it! 🫢 Scottie Scheffler is T4 and two back of the lead @PGAChampionship . — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

Mark Hubbard catches Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele's lead is no more. Mark Hubbard just made a birdie at the 18th to match Schauffele at 9-under.

Hubbard went 3-under on his front nine on Friday to erase Schauffele's lead. He posted a 6-under 65 on Thursday.

Mark Hubbard ties for the lead! #PGAChamp — PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 17, 2024

The #FreeScottie movement is taking over at Valhalla.

The fans came prepared for #FreeScottie — Adam Schupak (@AdamSchupak) May 17, 2024

Pedestrian killed by shuttle bus

A vendor employee was struck and killed by a shuttle bus on Friday morning outside of the PGA Championship.

Leaderboard Reset

With Scottie Scheffler's group now making the turn, here's a look at where things stand.

1. Xander Schauffele (-9)

2. Mark Hubbard (-8) (6*)

T3. Collin Morikawa (-7) (10*)

T3. Alex Noren (-7) (12)

T3. Harris English (-7) (13*)

T3. Austin Eckroat (10)

Other Notables

T7. Scottie Scheffler (-6) (9*)

T12. Rory McIlroy (-5)

T15. Brooks Koepka (-4)

T84. Tiger Woods (+1)

Projected Cut: E

Min Woo Lee, again!

Min Woo Lee is on a roll. He's now chipped-in for birdie three different times today.

His reaction is perfect, too.

Min Woo Lee chips in for birdie (again!) That's 3️⃣ on the day! 😮‍💨 #PGA Champ — PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 17, 2024

It's pouring rain at Valhalla, but Cam Young still somehow managed to save par from an "island" on Friday morning.

Not your average par save. — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

John Daly, after going 11-over to open the week, withdrew from the PGA Championship on Friday morning.

Fans in Louisville didn't waste any time, and they made an incredible Prison Mike reference.

Didn’t take long — Tour Golf (@PGATUOR) May 17, 2024

Nicolai Højgaard sinks an easy eagle putt after this incredible approach from the fairway. That brought him back under par for the round.

The Approach: Nicolai Højgaard puts it close from 239 yds... #PGAChamp — PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 17, 2024

Scottie Scheffler police report

According to the police report, the officer who tried to stop Scottie Scheffler has been "transported to the hospital," and his pants were "damaged beyond repair."

From the thick stuff! Min Woo Lee just chipped-in again for birdie at Valhalla, which drops him to 3-under on the day.

Another hole-out birdie for @Minwoo27Lee ! He's -3 thru 7 @PGAChampionship . — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

Scottie Scheffler bounces back with another birdie

After bogeying No. 11, Scottie Scheffler just buried a deep putt at the 12th to get back to 5-under on the week. That's a birdie-bogey-birdie start for the top-ranked golfer in the world.

Giving the crowd something to cheer about! 👏 Scottie Scheffler moves to T7 after a bounce-back birdie from 26 feet on the 12th @PGAChampionship . — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 17, 2024

2024 PGA Championship highlights: Xander Schauffele leads with 62

The first round of the 2024 PGA Championship is over at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, with Xander Schauffele off to a great start as he seeks his first major championship.

Schauffele shot a 62 (nine birdies, no bogeys) on Thursday, tying a record he shares with two others for best round at a major. He holds a three-shot lead on Tony Finau, Saheeth Theegala and Mark Hubbard.

Scottie Scheffler , who entered the tournament as the No. 1 player in the world and won the year’s first major championship at the Masters, shot a 4-under 67 and is tied for 12th place.

Tiger Woods teed off early in the morning and shot a 1-over.

USA TODAY Sports provided updates throughout the day. Here's how the first round went:

Mark Hubbard climbs to second place

Mark Hubbard put up a fantastic ending to the day as he jumped to second place after finishing the first round at 6-under-par.

Hubbard birdied three of the last four holes, and the late push began with a 30-foot putt on the par-4 15th. He doesn't have a PGA Tour win, but he ends the day just three shots back of the leader and he's tied with Tony Finau and Sahith Theegala.

First round on pace to break PGA Championship history

It’s been a great day to golf at Valhalla Golf Club, so great that the tournament record is set to be broken.

With the first round nearly wrapped up, 66 golfers are under par, which would be the most in PGA Championship history. The previous record was 60 in 2006 at Medinah. 

Several players have noted the grass has been very soft and has played a factor in the low scores. A majority of the the players at the top of the leaderboard teed off in the morning.

Late golfers making some noise

Most of the crowd has left Valhalla Golf Club with the sun setting soon, but those still on the course are playing some good golf.

Mark Hubbard and Maverick McNealy are part of the third-to-last group to tee off Thursday, but they are both shooting well as they get close to wrapping up the day. Both are 4-under-par.

Scottie Scheffler wraps up first round

The top player in the world had a great first round in Louisville, finishing the day at 4-under-par and in a tie for 10th place. 

Scheffler had a perfect start to the day with an eagle on No. 1, and he’s been able to overcome a couple of bogeys to be one of several players with low scores. He’s been on fire this year with four tour wins, including the 2024 Masters, and he remains in the hunt for another major championship this weekend.

Afternoon golfers climb leaderboards

No one has been able to get near Xander Schauffele’s incredible first round, but those who teed off in the afternoon are making progress.

All eyes have been on world No. 1-ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler, and he’s played a steady first round at 4-under-par through 16. But some lesser known golfers had impressive days that were nearly free of mistakes. Tom Kim shot a 5-under-par to finish the day in a tie for fourth place, and Thomas Detry is also tied with Kim on the leaderboard.

Another hot streak for Collin Morikawa

Collin Morikawa nailed three consecutive birdies in the front nine to get him out of an early hole, and he’s done it again on the back nine to propel him near the top of the leaderboard.

Morikawa birdied Nos. 12-14 to put him at 4-under-par and is now tied for sixth. He’s knocked in some big putts during the hot streak, all of which were at least 10 feet away from the cup.

Tom Kim having mistake-free first round

Tom Kim has been impressive in his young PGA Tour career, and the 21-year-old is having another outstanding round on Thursday at 5-under-par through 13 holes.

Kim hasn't bogeyed in the first round so far, and he has birdies in three of his last four holes. His best finish in a major came in The Open in 2023 when he finished tied for second.

Thomas Detry climbing leaderboard

Thomas Detry has played a mistake-free first round so far as he’s made five birdies and avoided any bogeys through 11 holes. His shots on the fairway have been excellent and have set him up for relatively short putts. He’s tied for fourth place alongside Rory McIlroy and Robert MacIntyre.

The Belgian golfer has never won a PGA Tour event.

Scottie Scheffler finishes front nine strong

Scottie Scheffler had a hot start to the day with an eagle on No. 1, and he’s keeping a steady pace at 3-under-par through nine.

The world No.1-ranked player looked immortal until he bogeyed on the par-4 fifth, but he regained ground with a birdie on the par-5 seventh. He had a chance to climb up the leaderboard on No. 8 with a 56-foot putt for birdie, but it fell just short of the cup. 

Xander Schauffele remains in first place after his fantastic 9-under-par day.

Collin Morikawa drills long putt to get under par

The 2020 PGA Championship winner is heating up after a slow start.

Collin Morikawa had two bogeys through five holes, but he's found a rhythm with three consecutive birdies on Nos. 6-8. He capped off an impressive streak with a 41-foot putt on the par-3 eighth to secure the birdie and put him at 1-under-par for the first time on Thursday.

Jon Rahm struggling early

Jon Rahm had an odd beginning of the week at the PGA Championship with his press conference, and things aren't looking good on the course either.

Rahm has quickly fallen into a hole with bogeys on three of his first five holes, including three in a row on Nos. 4-6. The Spaniard hasn't been able to get close on the green and his putter hasn't done him any favors either. Rahm is 4-over-par through six.

Scottie Scheffler cruising in solid start

Scottie Scheffler is showing early why he is the world No. 1-ranked player.

After his incredible eagle on No. 1, the 2024 Masters champion is in a groove after he picked up a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole to put him at 3-under-par and already launching himself into the top 10 of the leaderboard. Scheffler had great second shot on No. 4 to set up the birdie to put himself 13 feet away from the hole. It was a breeze with the putter, having no problem sinking the putt.

Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau, others within striking distance

For the first round of a major championship, scores have been rather low for those players who teed off early at Valhalla. A brief fog delay caused tee times to be pushed back slightly, and the moist early conditions allowed many golfers to rack up the birdies.

In addition to Xander Schauffele's 9-under 62, fellow Americans Tony Finau and Sahith Theegala shot 65s to finish their opening rounds just three shots off the pace.

Other excellent early rounds included 5-under 66s from Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Scotland's Robert MacIntyre. Among a group at 4-under 67 were Americans Ben Kohles, Brooks Koepka and Taylor Moore.

Scottie Scheffler tees off at PGA Championship, follows with epic shot

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler has a tough act to follow as he tees off at the second major championship of the golf season.

But after one hole, he appears to be up for the challenge.

Chasing Xander Schauffele's course record 62, the world's No. 1-ranked player safely launched his tee shot down the right side of the fairway on No. 1 ... and hit his approach shot into the hole for an eagle, from 167 yards out.

On ESPN's broadcast of the tournament, anchor Jim Nantz succinctly said, "Hello dad" as the ball took one hop into the cup.

Scheffler is playing in his first tournament since his wife Meredith gave birth to their son Bennett earlier this month.

Brooks Koepka soars on No. 7

The first eagle of the 106th PGA Championship belongs to defending champion Brooks Koepka.

Going for the green in two on the 590-yard par-5 seventh hole, Koepka hit his second shot from 211 yards out to within three feet of the hole. He converted the eagle putt to get him to 3-under for the tournament, then followed it up with a birdie to get to 4-under with one hole left to play.

Koepka has won five major titles in his career, including three wins in this event. He previously won the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019 in addition to last year.

Shortly after Koepka's eagle on No. 7, Bryson DeChambeau got one of his own on the same hole by holing out a 51-yard shot from the fairway.

Tiger finishes Round 1 at 1-over

Tiger Woods sits 10 shots off the pace at Valhalla after shooting an opening round of 1-over par.

On the same course where he won the 2000 PGA Championship (in a playoff over Bob May), Woods finished with back-to-back bogeys on holes 8 and 9 for a 72.

It was an up-and-down round of three birdies and four bogeys for Woods, who's seeking to tie the record of five PGA titles held by Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen.

Cam Smith gets his feet wet

Australian Cam Smith found himself in an interesting situation during his opening round that may seem quite familiar to many weekend duffers.

Tied for sixth at 3-under par, Smith's wayward drive on the par-5 seventh left him just to the right of the fairway landing area. The problem was, his ball was in the hazard and sitting in some shallow water.

Smith declined to take a drop and chose to play it out of the hazard … but not before taking off his shoes and socks to take his stance.

The Australian was able to make solid contact and get the ball back in play safely. His approach shot from 243 yards found the right rough, but he chipped it to within seven feet and sunk the putt for an unconventional par.

Xander Schauffele ties history with 62

Xander Schauffele has set a blistering pace at the 2024 PGA Championship, shooting a major championship record-tying 62 in his opening round to lead the tournament by three shots over Tony Finau.

Starting his round on the back nine, Schauffele – currently No. 3 in the World Golf Rankings – collected nine birdies without a bogey to get to 9 under par.

Finishing up with a two-putt par on the 415-yard, par-4 ninth hole at Valhalla Country Club, Schauffele's 62 tied the record he shares with Rickie Fowler (2023 U.S. Open) and Branden Grace (2017 British Open) for the lowest round ever in a men's major championship.

Tiger adds another birdie

Tiger Woods is back into red figures after notching his second birdie on the front nine at the par-5 seventh. (He began his round on hole No. 10.)

After a 300-yard drive into the landing area surrounded front and back by water, Woods found a fairway bunker on his second shot, but hit his approach shot to 13 1/2 feet and nailed the putt for birdie to get to 1-under for his round with two holes to play.

The birdie put Woods in a tie for 20th place.

Schauffele on record-setting pace

Continuing his early assault on Valhalla, Xander Schauffele has jumped out to a big lead with two holes to play in his opening round. With a two-putt birdie on the Par-5 seventh hole, Schauffele moved to an astounding 9 under par.

It was his fourth birdie on the front nine – after starting with five birdies on the back nine. If he birdies one of his two remaining holes and gets to 10-under, he would find himself in uncharted territory.

No player has ever shot 61 in any round of any major championship.

Schauffele leads Tony Finau and Robert MacIntyre by four shots.

Tiger back to even after birdie

Tiger Woods finally took advantage of a Par 3 on No. 3, using an iron to get within 5 feet of the cup and easily tap in for birdie. But no one has been able to stop Xander Schauffele (-7), who added another birdie at No. 4 and has a two-shot lead over Tony Finau, after he birdied 18 to close out his front nine.

Xander Schauffele moves to 6-under

Another hole and another birdie for Schauffele. He made good on the par 4, No. 2, while Rory Mcllroy hit the pin on the first hole of the back nine and tapped in for an easy birdie putt. McIlroy sits at 2-under, four shots off the lead.

Rory McIlroy struggling at end of front nine

Rory McIlroy showed a bit of frustration after his long putt for par on 17 went wide and settled for a bogey. He is 1-under and seeking his first major in 10 years, while Viktor Hovland's struggles on 17 also led to a bogey, and he is at 2-under. Three Americans are on top of the leaderboard, led by Xander Schauffele (-5), Tony Finau, who missed a birdie chance at 16, and Doug Ghim, who are one shot back.

Tiger finishes up and down front nine, Schauffele increases lead

Tiger Woods had one birdie and two bogeys in an uneven first nine holes and finds himself at 1-over after he settled for par on the Par 5 18th. Xander Schauffele is the leader at 5-under at the start of the back nine after another birdie on the 18th. Tony Finau is off to a torrid start as well and is one shot back after three straight birdies on 13, 14 and 15.

Xander Schauffele surges to PGA Championship lead

Schauffele, seeking his first major victory, birdied Nos. 13, 15 and 16 to take the outright lead at 4-under through his first seven holes. Doug Ghim and Jordan Spieth, who is off to a great start with birdies on three of his first four holes to start the day, are one shot back. After a bogey on 15, Tiger Woods, who has been playing with fire with his putting all morning, is back to 1-over for the round.

Golfers struggling with Par 3s, McIlroy, Spieth joins leaders at 2-under

With golfers usually making up scores when a hole is a Par 3, the early stages of Round 1 at the PGA are proving difficult. So far, only nine birdies have been made on the four Par 3 holes that have been played (No. 3, 8, 11, 14). But there have been 20 bogeys on those holes as well. Viktor Hovland, Rory McIlroy, after his birdie on No. 13, Doug Ghim, Xander Schauffele, Robert MacIntyre, Jordan Spieth and Sahith Theegala are on top at 2-under.

Jumbled leaderboard early in first round

Through the early portion of the first round, no golfer has broken through to establish themselves as the one to beat. Doug Ghim and Xander Schauffele are the early leaders at 2-under, and there are nine golfers at 1-under, including Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald. Tiger Woods again settled for par on No. 13 and is still 1-over through three holes. Find the live updating PGA Championship leaderboard here.

Tiger off to slow start

After Tiger settled for par on his first hole, his tee shot on the par 3 No. 11 went awry, and he had to settle for a bogey. Woods sits at 1-over, and his putting will be the key moving forward to see if he can take advantage of the multiple holes set up for easy scores.

Rory McIlroy starts with birdie

Rory McIlroy knocked down a birdie putt to get his PGA Championship started with a bang. McIlroy joins Martin Kaymer, Xander Schauffele and Luke Donald – who bogeyed No. 5 – at 1-under.

PGA Championship leaderboard

As more golfers join the fray at Valhalla, Luke Donald and Doug Ghim find themselves at the top of the leaderboard at 2-under. Matt Wallace, Xander Schauffele and Adam Hadwin are in a three-way tie for third place at 1-under. Find the live updating PGA Championship leaderboard here.

Tiger Woods nets par on No. 1 at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods had about a 10-foot putt for birdie, but rolled it past the hole to the right. Woods recovered, however, and made his putt for par. Tiger joins 15 other golfers at even at Valhalla.

Luke Donald birdies No. 4 at PGA Championship

Luke Donald carded a birdie on the par-3 No. 4 hole to move to 2-under and take early sole possession of the lead at the PGA Championship. Donald's best finish at a PGA Championship came in 2006 when he tied for third.

Rory McIlroy starts PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy, who has finished at the top of the leaderboard in his past two tournaments, is just barely off the left side of the fairway as he starts his 2024 PGA Championship.

Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose teed off alongside McIlroy. Johnson and Rose were also in the rough, but just off to the right.

Tiger Woods starts PGA Championship

Tiger Woods ripped a perfect drive down the middle of the fairway to kick off his 2024 PGA Championship.

Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley followed, with Bradley joining Woods on the fairway and Scott finding the rough.

The next group off the No. 10 tee will be Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose at 8:25 a.m. ET.

Justin Thomas starts PGA Championship

Ludvig Aberg, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas are on the course after teeing off on No. 10. The group behind them is Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley, who are scheduled to tee off at 8:14 a.m. ET.

Nine golfers are through one hole, and Luke Donald leads the way at 1-under. Meanwhile, Doug Ghim, Tyler Collet, Adrian Meronk and Ben Kohles are even-steven. Find the live updating PGA Championship leaderboard here.

Luke Donald with first birdie of 2024 PGA Championship

After splitting the fairway on his drive off the tee, Luke Donald wrapped up his first hole at the PGA Championship with about a 15-foot putt to card a birdie on the par 4 No. 1 hole.

PGA Championship weather

The Louisville forecast for Round 1 – aside from foggy – says partly cloudy with a high of 83 degrees. Winds from SW at 8 mph, according to the Weather Channel.

First group off No. 10 tees off

The second group is on the course, with Doug Ghim, Tyler Collet and Adrian Meronk teeing off from the No. 10 hole.

PGA Championship underway

Michael Block, Luke Donald and Shaun Micheel have teed off from the par-4 No. 1 hole, and the 2024 PGA Championship has begun.

PGA Championship delayed due to fog

Morning starting times for the first round of the PGA Championship are being pushed back 10 minutes due to a thick fog hovering at Valhalla.

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For cord-cutters, select focuses of the PGA will be available on CBS Sports HQ over the four-day event. Cord-cutters can also turn to Fubo, which carries CBS and ESPN.

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Daily TV coverage of the 2024 PGA Championship tournament will be available on ESPN and CBS. ESPN2 will offer an alternate telecast ESPN BET at the PGA Championship from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. followed by PGA Championship with No Laying Up from 1-3 p.m.

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Tiger Woods is set to tee off at 8:04 a.m. ET Thursday.

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Scottie Scheffler's 41-round par-or-better streak ends with substitute caddie on bag at 2024 PGA Championship

The world's top-ranked golfer was without a crucial member of his team on saturday in louisville.


Scottie Scheffler had answered just about every question thrown his way in 2024. Would he putt well enough to start winning tournaments? Yes. Would he claim another major championship? Yes. Would he play and contend the week following his Masters triumph? Yes. Would he be able to balance his personal and professional life with a new child on the way? Yes.

This week at the 2024 PGA Championship, he was thrown two more. How will he compete after being arrested and released following a chaotic traffic incident ahead of Friday's second round? Will he be able to play as well Saturday with his usual caddie missing from his bag for 18 holes?

Scheffler answered the former in the affirmative, shaking off that arrest to post a 5-under 66 on Friday and shoot his way up the leaderboard. As for the latter? Well, it's a bit of his unknown.

Whether it was the change in caddie, built-up exhaustion from his chaotic Friday or (likely) a combination of the two, Scheffler finished Moving Day with a 74. Shooting 3 over, he ended a streak over which he scored par or better across 41 straight rounds dating back to Aug. 26, 2023.

"I was definitely not feeling like myself today, for sure," Scheffler told CBS's Amanda Balionis after the round. "Yesterday happened, and I did my best to recover from it, and come out here and compete today. I did a great job yesterday of coming out and competing, riding the adrenaline. This morning was definitely not my usual routine for a round, if that makes sense. … I wasn't able to get it done, which is pretty frustrating, but I'll come back and try again tomorrow."    

Steve Stricker set the PGA Tour record at 55 rounds last year, surpassing Tiger Woods' achievement of 53 straight rounds earlier in his career.

Scheffler revealed Tuesday that his bag man since late 2021, Ted Scott, would not lug his sticks around the par 71 Valhalla Golf Club on Saturday as Scott would instead attend his daughter's high school graduation. Scott flew out of Louisville on Friday evening after the second round with a plan to celebrate his daughter's achievement Saturday before return at some point in the evening evening to resume his duties for the final round Sunday.

"That's something we talked about from the beginning of our relationship was family always comes first, and it's the same thing for me as it is for my caddie," Scheffler explained. "It was a pretty easy decision. He told me at the beginning of this year that was the date that it was, so I got a backup caddie lined up. One of my buddies is going to carry the bag on Saturday, and then Ted will be back for Sunday's round."

In Scott's place, Brad Payne assumed the role as Scheffler's right-hand man for the third round. Payne currently serves as a PGA Tour chaplain after having played collegiate golf at Pepperdine University. 

"It's one of my older friends who travels week to week out here," Scheffler said. "He's the Tour chaplain. His name is Brad, and he's caddying for me on Saturday. I trust him to rake a bunker more than my buddies."

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Tiger Woods opens PGA Championship in 1-over 72

Tiger Woods readies to begin Thursday's opening round at Valhalla. (Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)

Tiger Woods readies to begin Thursday's opening round at Valhalla. (Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)

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Tiger Woods knows he's competitively rusty, compared to the vast majority of this week's PGA Championship field. That doesn't mean he expects any less of himself.

Woods opened the 106th PGA Championship in 1-over 72, a mixed bag of a morning in Louisville, Kentucky. He battled through a series of wayward tee shots to remain around par through the majority of his opening round at Valhalla Golf Club, and he caught fire midway through his second nine to move into red figures. Woods, though, closed with back-to-back three-putt bogeys that will leave a sour taste in his mouth overnight. He's 10 strokes off the pace of Xander Schauffele, who carded 9-under 62 to begin the week, the PGA Championship's single-round record low score.

The day resembled his first round at last month's Masters (1-over 73), with an up-and-down cadence but an end result that should fall near the projected cut line. Woods followed with a second-round 72 at the Masters to make the cut, setting a tournament record with his 24th straight made cut. He'll look Friday to play the weekend for a second straight major championship, aiming for a faster start than he accomplished Thursday (where he was lucky to escape his first three holes in just 1 over, before working into more of a flow).

"It took me probably three holes to get back into competitive flow again and get a feel for hitting the ball out there in competition, adrenaline, temperatures, green speeds," Woods said after his opening round. "These are all things that normally I adjust to very quickly, and it just took me a few holes to get into it.

"I am getting stronger for sure ... Each day is a little bit different. Some days, it's better than others. It's just the way it is. My body is just that way. Some days, it feels great, and other days, a bit of a struggle."

Woods' history echoes throughout the grounds at Valhalla, as his 2000 PGA Championship victory here (outlasting Bob May in a three-hole playoff) marked the third leg of the "Tiger Slam," which he completed at the 2001 Masters. Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open and The Open by a combined 23 shots, before the wily veteran May gave him all he could handle for 75 holes at Valhalla. It might be a tall task to expect Woods to hoist another Wanamaker Trophy this weekend, but making the cut for a second straight major championship is certainly in the realm.

"I think that I've made a few cuts in a row, what was it, 140-some odd," Woods said Thursday. "So you have to just grind it out. It's a marathon. Major championships are a long grind. It's just plotting along. It's not a sprint. It's just a grind.

"You can't win a tournament unless you make the cut. That's the whole idea is get to the weekend so that you can participate and have a chance to win. I've been on the cut number and have won tournaments, or I've been ahead and leading tournaments and I've won tournaments. But you have to get to the weekend in order to win a golf tournament."

Read below for hole-by-hole updates from Woods' opening round at the 106th PGA Championship.

1:25 p.m.: It's a disappointing finish for Woods, who closes his round with a second straight three-putt bogey.

He splits the fairway off the tee at the dogleg-right, 411-yard par 4, leaving just 144 yards to the hole, but plays a substandard approach to 34 feet, leaves his birdie putt 6 feet short and cannot convert to save par. It means a 1-over 72 for Woods, featuring some good and some bad. He'll still be within striking distance of the cut line at Valhalla, but he's 10 strokes back of early leader Xander Schauffele, who set a PGA Championship single-round scoring record with a 9-under 62.

1:10 p.m.: Woods plays to the front-left portion of the 169-yard, par-3 eighth, but his birdie putt releases well past the hole to leave a lengthy par attempt from 10 feet. He can't convert. Just like that, after reaching red numbers for the first time on the previous hole, he's back to level par for the day. One hole remains.

12:55 p.m.: After a solid two-putt par from 54 feet at the staunch par-4 sixth, Woods solves the double-fairway, par-5 seventh. He plays to the left fairway off the tee, strikes a 238-yard second shot into the right greenside bunker (a conservative line with flanking down the left side) and gets up-and-down with a birdie from 13 feet.

For the first time today, Woods is under par. It's a testament to his resilience after a shaky start, and his body appears to be holding up respectably. He's 1 under for the opening round with two holes to play. He's eight off the pace of leader Xander Schauffele, but the 15-time major champion is tied for 17th on the leaderboard, comfortably inside the projected cut line.

12:15 p.m.: Woods is finding a groove as the round progresses, but he can't quite get on a birdie run. He strikes a 69-yard wedge to 14 feet on the short par-4 fourth but cannot convert the birdie. He stuffs a 156-yard 8-iron to 9 feet on the scenic par-4 fifth, the approach shot descending down the hill, but cannot convert the birdie. He settles for back-to-back stress-free pars, remaining at even-par on his round with four holes to play. He's eight back of Xander Schauffele, who is threatening the PGA Championship's all-time single-round low of 63 (which has been recorded on 18 occasions).

11:45 a.m.: Tiger is a tactician. He stripes his tee shot on the 194-yard, par-3 third to 5 feet and converts for birdie, returning to even-par on the day. It's his second birdie of the round, accompanying his 3 on the limestone-waterfall par-4 13th. Despite some loose tee shots at times, he's making it work with his trademark grit that has led to a record-tying 82 PGA TOUR titles.

11:30 a.m.: Woods is struggling to find a groove off the tee, but he's making it work anyway. He tugs his tee shot left at the par-4 first hole, his 10th, but muscles out an approach onto the green to leave a 19-foot birdie attempt; he two-putts for par. He over-cuts his tee shot on the long par-4 second, catching a greenside bunker; he plays his second shot to the fairway short-right of the green. He plays a deft 35-yard pitch to 5 feet and saves a crafty par. He's 1 over through 11 holes.

10:55 a.m.: After two big shots at the 571-yard, par-5 18th, Woods faces a straightforward eagle pitch from a collection area just behind the green. He can't take advantage though, as the 56-foot pitch settles 14 feet short of the hole, and he two-putts for a slightly disappointing par. Woods turns in 1-over 37, six strokes behind leader Xander Schauffele, who turns in 5-under 31 from the same nine.

10:35 a.m.: Woods makes back-to-back pars on Nos. 16 and 17, and they come in contrasting styles. His par at the brawny 503-yard, par-4 16th is routine -- fairway, green, two-putt from 24 feet (although the second putt is a 7-foot comebacker after a slick birdie try). He fights harder on the par-4 17th, missing his tee shot into the right rough and his second shot into the left greenside bunker but then getting up-and-down with a 7-footer. He's 1 over through eight holes, headed to the par-5 18th.

10:04 a.m.: Woods falls victim to Valhalla's thick rough on the par-4 15th, as he misses his tee shot into the left rough and is forced to lay up, similar to on No. 12. This time he can't save par, as his 68-yard third shot lands 33 feet past the hole and he two-putts for bogey. Woods returns over par for the day, now 1 over through six.

9:40 a.m.: Woods plays a smart shot to the middle of the green on the 256-yard, par-3 14th, and he comfortably two-putts from 54 feet. Woods stays even-par through five holes, as he has demonstrated good pace on the greens early Thursday in the Bluegrass State.

9:20 a.m.: Woods rolls the momentum from an unlikely par at the 12th into his first birdie of the week. On the iconic limestone-waterfall par-4 13th, he splits the fairway and plays a deft 92-yard wedge to 18 feet. He doesn't miss a beat on the uphill birdie try; it finds the center of the cup. Woods returns to even-par on the day.

9:02 a.m.: Woods is a 15-time major champion for many reasons; among them, he has a propensity to grind out unexpected pars to keep a round on the tracks. The par-4 12th hole is proof positive; after missing the fairway left into thick rough and being forced to lay up, Woods gets up and down from 180 yards, draining a 15-footer to save par from near the green's back edge. He delivers a sheepish salute to the appreciative fans, staying 1 over through three holes.

8:45 a.m.: Woods gets scrappy on the 211-yard, par-3 11th, as his tee shot misses the green long-right and he chips back over the green into a bunker. He saves bogey with a 6-footer, though, limiting the damage. He's 1 over through two to begin the day.

8:32 a.m.: Woods plays a fairway metal to the rough some 50 yards short of the green on his opening hole, the par-5 10th, leaving an awkward angle for his third shot, short-sided. He plays a masterful high flop shot for his third, 12 feet past the hole, and two-putts for an opening par. The 82-time TOUR winner is off and running at Valhalla.

8:15 a.m.: Woods takes driver for his first swing, beginning on the par-5 10th, and uncorks a high fade that splits the fairway. The crowd roars. Woods is sporting a salmon shirt with his new Sun Day Red branding.

Scottie Scheffler arrested before PGA Championship Round 2

Scottie Scheffler speaks about getting detained on his way to the PGA Championship. (2:33)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was arrested by Louisville Metro Police on Friday morning after trying to drive into the entrance of Valhalla Golf Club, the site of this week's PGA Championship.

Traffic outside the golf course had been stopped after a man was struck and killed by a shuttle bus around 5 a.m. ET.

Scheffler faces charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic. The assault charge is a felony; the others are misdemeanors.

Maj. Jason Logsdon of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections told ESPN that Scheffler was released at 8:40 a.m. ET Friday without bail. He arrived at Valhalla less than an hour before he was scheduled to tee off at 10:08 a.m. ET.

"This morning, I was proceeding as directed by police officers," Scheffler said in a statement. "It was a very chaotic situation, understandably so considering the tragic accident that had occurred earlier, and there was a big misunderstanding of what I thought I was being asked to do. I never intended to disregard any of the instructions. I'm hopeful to put this to the side and focus on golf today.

"Of course, all of us involved in the tournament express our deepest sympathies to the family of the man who passed away in the earlier accident this morning. It truly puts everything in perspective."

According to ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington, who witnessed the incident, Scheffler was trying to drive around the crash scene on a median. A police officer instructed Scheffler to stop, but Scheffler continued to drive about 10 to 20 yards toward the entrance.

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

After about 20 to 30 seconds, Scheffler rolled down his window to talk to the officer. The officer grabbed Scheffler's arm to pull him out of the vehicle, according to Darlington. The officer reached inside the vehicle to open the door, and once Scheffler was pulled out, he was pushed against the car and placed in handcuffs.

Darlington was standing at the entrance when Scheffler was detained. Darlington said Scheffler turned to him and asked, "Can you help?"

According to Darlington, an officer instructed him to back away.

"You need to get out of the way," the officer told Darlington. "Right now, he's going to jail, and there's nothing you can do about it."

The officer -- Det. Bryan Gillis, identified as Det. Gillis in the arrest report -- was dragged "to the ground" and suffered "pain, swelling, and abrasions to his left wrist" after the car "accelerated forward," according to the police report.

The officer was dressed in a high visibility reflective jacket when he stopped Scheffler's car to give instructions, the arrest sheet said. Gillis was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

Scheffler's attorney, Steven Romines, told ESPN that the golfer attempted to enter Valhalla Golf Club as he had been instructed to earlier, unaware there had been a fatal wreck just up the road.

"He was going into Valhalla to work out," Romines said. "He was getting ready for his tee time. They were directing traffic. He held his credential out and was going in like they'd been instructed to. Apparently, there had been a traffic accident, maybe even a fatality, down the road, and that had changed the traffic patterns, and he was unaware of that."

Romines, speaking outside the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, said the officer who attempted to stop Scheffler wasn't part of the regular event-traffic detail at Valhalla Golf Club, "so that's where the miscommunication arose."

"They are allowed to go through, that's why they have the credential and the wave-through," Romines said. "[Scheffler] was unaware there had been a wreck, and he proceeded like they'd been instructed to. He did exactly as he was instructed to enter the premises."

Romines said Scheffler would cooperate fully with police and "we'll deal with it as it progresses."

Scheffler, 27, has won four of his past five starts, including his second major championship at the Masters in April.

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

The unidentified man was attempting to cross Shelbyville Road when he was struck in a dedicated lane for buses. Police said the man died at the scene.

"This morning we were devastated to learn that a worker with one of our vendors was tragically struck and killed by a shuttle bus outside Valhalla Golf Club," the PGA of America said in a statement. "This is heartbreaking to all of us involved with the PGA Championship. We extend our sincere condolences to their family and loved ones."

Several police and first responders were still at the scene at 6:45 a.m. ET. Traffic had backed up on the roadway in dark and wet conditions, and shuttle buses bringing fans to the golf course had been stopped.

The second round had been scheduled to start at 7:15 a.m. ET.


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