IFormer professional golfer Dan Bowling was arrested on Thursday after he attempted to meet an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl, Orlando Police announced.
Bowling, according to ClickOrlando.com, is facing obscene communication, traveling to meet with a minor and attempted lewd and lascivious molestation charges. He allegedly contacted the officer and messages turned sexual on the first day, per the report.
Officers then arrested the 26-year-old when he attempted to meet the officer.
ARRESTED: A professional golfer in the PGA Tour's top 100 was arrested today by our Crimes Against Children detective. Daniel Bowling was taken into custody, as he attempted to meet a decoy posing as a 15-year-old girl. pic.twitter.com/nk4uXFa345
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 6, 2021
Bowling, despite the department’s tweet claiming he's a top golfer on the PGA Tour, has not competed professionally since 2016, when he competed in a lower tour in Canada. He is not in the PGA Tour’s "top 100" list, as that list doesn’t exist, and he’s not in the Official World Golf Rankings.
The Orlando Police Department later corrected their tweet, but still referenced the "PGA Tour's top 100." It's unclear what the department means by that.
CORRECTION: Since we first tweeted about this arrest, we have received information that Mr. Bowling is not in the PGA Tour's top 100.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 7, 2021
His last appearance came on the Mackenzie Tour’s National Capital Open to Support Our Troops in 2016, though he missed the cut. Bowling has just seven career starts on the Tour, and never competed on the PGA Tour.
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