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The prosecutor has ruled out that there is sufficient evidence against the world number one.

Charges against Scottie Scheffler are dropped

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Scottie Scheffler durante la segunda ronda del PGA Championship 2024,. © Pedro Salado/CAPTURASPORT
Scottie Scheffler durante la segunda ronda del PGA Championship 2024,. © Pedro Salado/CAPTURASPORT

The ‘big incident’ will remain an anecdote without judicial significance. Criminal charges against the World Number One, Scottie Scheffler have been dropped after the prosecutor’s office of Jefferson county in Louisville, Kentucky, declared a few minutes ago that it would not proceed with the case that began on the tragic Friday morning of the PGA Championship week. There is no evidence to suggest any wrongdoing on the part of the Texan.

He was accused of not complying with police orders, who were investigating a fatal accident that occurred outside the club that same morning. The golfer allegedly dragged Detective Bryan Gillis, who was trying to stop Scheffler’s car.

That same day, Scheffler was taken into custody shortly before 7:30 in the morning, but was released and arrived at his tee time about two and a half hours later.

A relieved Scottie, who was facing four charges, can now breathe easy. Jefferson County Prosecutor, Mike O’Connell, has asked for the charges to be dismissed with prejudice – meaning they cannot be brought again in the future – during a court hearing on Wednesday.

“Based on the totality of the evidence, my office cannot proceed with the prosecution of the charges brought against Mr. Scheffler,” said O’Connell. “Mr. Scheffler’s explanation that it was a ‘big misunderstanding’ is corroborated by the evidence. The evidence we have reviewed supports the conclusion that Detective Gillis was concerned for public safety at the scene when he initiated contact with Mr. Scheffler. However, Mr. Scheffler’s actions and the evidence surrounding his exchange during this misunderstanding do not satisfy the elements of any criminal offence.”

In addition, to date, no video of the interaction between Scheffler and Gillis is known, as the Louisville police have admitted that the detective did not turn on his body camera, in violation of the agency’s policy.

We will never know if that arrest deprived Scottie Scheffler of lifting the third Major of his career, what is now certain is that that unfortunate incident will have no criminal course.

The champion of this year’s Masters has posted a statement on his Instagram in which he closes the incident:

“Earlier today, my lawyer, Steve Romines, informed me that all charges were formally dismissed in connection with the incident that occurred outside Valhalla Golf Club on May 17.

As I have said before, this was an unfortunate misunderstanding. I hold no grudge against Officer Gillis. I wish to put this incident behind me and move on, and I hope he does the same. Police officers have a tough job and I hold them in high esteem.

This was a serious communication error in a chaotic situation.
I appreciate the support I have received over the past two weeks and I want to encourage everyone again to remember the true tragedy of May 17. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with John Mills and his family, and I hope to be able to offer my personal condolences now that the case has concluded. May John rest in peace.”