Sweet and sour from Scottie’s second round

Henry

When American golfer Scottie Scheffler’s grandchildren ask him one day “was grandpa ever in prison” he will probably say “yes, but it’s a long story…”

He will then be able to tell about the morning of May 17, 2024, shortly before the start of the second round of the American PGA golf tournament that was played at the Valhalla Country Club in Kentucky. Scheffler, the world’s top ranked player, was on his way to the clubhouse to tee off in the second round when he got into a heavy traffic jam.

There was a serious accident shortly before in which a pedestrian died.

Scheffler apparently tried to take a shortcut to get to the clubhouse, but was pulled over by the police, handcuffed and detained for more than an hour. His fingerprints and police photo were taken and he was charged with, among other things, assaulting a police officer, reckless driving and disregarding the orders of a traffic officer.

Scheffler had to try to stay calm and warm up on a mat in a small holding cell while the clock continued to tick. He had no contact with the outside world and could see his own face on the (soundless) TV set while his arrest was trumpeted.

The police officers did not seem to recognize him and did not give him preferential treatment in any way. He was treated and charged like any other alleged offender.

After being released, he had just 54 minutes to clear his head and warm up.

After the round, which he completed in 66 shots, Scheffler had high praise for the police officers and told the hordes of journalists about the unpleasant contest that almost derailed his dreams.

Scheffler’s American compatriot Xander Schauffele took the lead on 130 strokes (-12) by one stroke ahead of his compatriot Collin Morikawa (131, -11).

Another American, Sahith Theegala, is third on 132 strokes (-10) with Scheffler, the Belgian Thomas Detry, Bryson DeChambeau and Mark Hubbard all together fourth on 133 (-9).

South Africa’s Dean Burmester, who did not finish the round due to the traffic jam and rainy weather, was firmly in the race on the 16th hole at -9.

He was followed by Erik van Rooyen (-2), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (equal to par), Ryan van Velzen (+4) and Thriston Lawrence (+11).

* In the Americas Open for women played on the Liberty National golf course in New York, South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai is tied for seventh after the second round.

Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand leads on 135 strokes (-9) with So-Mi Lee of South Korea (136, -7) hot on her heels.

Gabriela Ruffels (Australia), Mao Saogi (China), Nelly Korda (America) and Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) are joint third at 138 (-6).

Buhai, who recorded scores of 60 and 70 (139, -5), is joint fifth with seven other players.

* In the German Masters tournament for women, which is played at the Golf and Country Country Club in Seddiner See, South Africa’s Danielle du Toit (143, -1) is just three strokes behind the leader, Alexandra Försteling (Germany). , who finished at 140 strokes (-4).

Försteling is followed on 141 strokes (-3) by Bronte Law (England) and three more German players, Helen Briem, Patricia Schmidt and Sandra Gal.

Three more South Africans, Lee-Anne Pace, Cara Gorlei and Nicole Garcia, all finished on 144 strokes (equal to par) and are joint 16th.

  • Additional source: The Golf Channel