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Scottie Scheffler’s police assault charge threatens to overshadow US Open

Scottie Scheffler is seen in a police booking photo after being arrested for refusing to stop at a traffic barricade
Scottie Scheffler's was arrested outside Valhalla on Friday morning - Getty Images

Scottie Scheffler’s US PGA nightmare could still be hanging over him at the next major after the start of legal proceedings against the world No 1 on a charge of assaulting a police officer was postponed for a fortnight.

Scheffler was due to be at an arraignment hearing in Louisville on Tuesday, with a judge set to decide if any or all of the four indictments with which the golfer was hit with on Friday morning after a traffic incident should be taken further. But Scheffler’s legal team requested that it be delayed until June 3, the Tuesday of the week before the US Open at Pinehurst.

The lawyers are still hopeful that the charges will be dropped but have insisted they will not settle on one of the lesser charges and will go to trial to clear Scheffler’s name if necessary. He will not be expected to attend the arraignment, but if the judge presses ahead the issue will remain a big part of the narrative when Scheffler tees it up in the season’s third major at the famous North Carolina layout.

A police officer, Detectie Bryan Gillis, alleges that he stopped Scheffler’s courtesy vehicle outside Valhalla early on Friday and attempted to give him instructions. Gillis claims that in the rush to enter the course to start his build-up for the second round, Scheffler accelerated and dragged the officer along, causing injuries to his left wrist and knee.

He was arrested and handcuffed and taken to a police station where he put on an orange prisoner’s uniform before spending time in a cell and having his mugshot taken. Scheffler was released in time to make the second round - in which he shot a 66 - but only after being charged for not following police orders during an investigation into that morning’s fatality of John Mills, a 69-year-old Louisville relative who was knocked over by a shuttle bus on his way to his security guard duties at the tournament.

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