Scottie Scheffler Still Struggles to Move Past Incident Despite Dropped Charges

Even those who didn't follow golf were surprised by everything that happened around Scheffler

by Sead Dedovic
Scottie Scheffler Still Struggles to Move Past Incident Despite Dropped Charges
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Although it's been over a month since Scottie Scheffler ended up in custody for failing to obey traffic laws while rushing to his appearance at the PGA Championship, it's still a current topic. A few days ago, it was confirmed that charges were dropped against him. 

Scottie Scheffler had a misunderstanding with the police. The 27-year-old at one point didn't want to stop despite police signaling him to do so. After arriving at the golf club, Scheffler was asked several questions before being arrested. Shortly thereafter, the talented golfer was released, and proceedings were initiated against him. 

Scheffler revealed to the media before the Memorial Tournament when he learned that the charges would be dropped. He expected such an outcome, believing he had many arguments in his favor. His lawyer was also an important figure, and Scheffler can ultimately be happy with how everything turned out.

“When did I find out the charges were going to be dropped? I had a good idea at the end of the week at Colonial that they were going to be dropped. Obviously, we had a lot of evidence on our side. We needed to let the legal process play out at that point. Towards the end of the week at Colonial, I think my lawyer used the term, like, it went from, like, a one-foot putt to it’s on the lip, kind of thing, and then nothing is obviously official until it becomes really official, but I think Friday afternoon it was pretty official in our mind. They just needed to meet with the judge to go over details and stuff like that.”- Scottie Scheffler said, as quoted by Irish Golfer.

Scottie Scheffler expressed that although the charges were dropped, he hadn't fully moved past the incident. He acknowledged that while the legal aspect was resolved, it's still difficult to discuss as it was a traumatic experience for him. Scheffler mentioned that even though the charges being dropped provided some relief, it's only the beginning of moving past it, and he hopes to eventually do so. However, he understands that questions about the incident may continue to arise, and it's something he's navigating through.

Even those who didn't follow golf were surprised by everything that happened around Scheffler, who was expected to win another Major at that time. The 27-year-old entered this competition as a favorite, but even before the start of the tournament, he immediately faced a huge problem, which was surely the reason Scheffler had a poor performance. Although Scottie didn't let such a situation shake him, the stress he experienced, along with the uncertainty surrounding everything, probably affected his performance in the end. Despite everything, Scheffler didn't disappoint too much.

Scottie Scheffler
Scottie Scheffler© Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images Sport

Scottie Scheffler addressed the question of whether he had considered legal action against the Louisville Police Department following the dropping of charges against him. While stressing that his attorney, Steve Romines, had much evidence to support his case, including eyewitness accounts and video evidence, Scheffler expressed reluctance to pursue legal action. 

He emphasized that he never wanted to sue the city of Louisville, as it would eventually burden its residents with the consequences of their police department's errors. Instead, he viewed the potential for legal action as a bargaining tool if negotiations were to arise.

"I did not want to have to pursue legal action against Louisville because at the end of the day, the people of Louisville are then going to have to pay for the mistakes of their police department, and that just doesn’t seem right."- Scheffler continued.

Scottie Scheffler on the Memorial Tournament

Scheffler has confirmed his readiness to make a positive impact at the Memorial Tournament. Fans are already keeping a close eye on him, considering him one of the favorites to win this competition. His intentions are to achieve an excellent result, emphasizing that he doesn't want to be a bystander in this tournament. As always, the 27-year-old has highlighted his determination to go all the way and potentially lift the trophy. Despite the chaotic situation at the PGA Championship, he remained prepared to win a Major.

I showed up at Colonial ready to play. I didn’t just show up to go whack the ball around. I played and I wanted to compete and I wanted to win the tournament and that’s why I’m here this week.

So when it comes to on the golf course stuff, I’m always prepared to go out and play. I was prepared to go play in Louisville, even after I got arrested."- Scottie Scheffler concluded.

The American has emphasized his readiness to play regardless of everything happening around him. He is in excellent form, so we can expect nothing but the best from him.

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