Xander Schauffele maintains lead at PGA Championship as Scottie Schaeffler joins in contention to cap off a competitive day

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler was handcuffed in the back seat of a police car before dawn. His warm-up began in jail. And some six hours later, Scheffler remarkably signed for a 5-under 66 and was right in the mix Friday at the PGA Championship.

Xander Schauffele, fresh off his record start of 62, was not letting up in a bid to end two years without a win by capturing his first major. He had to settle for par for the final seven holes and shot a 68 to finish at 12 under 130, one stroke behind Collin Morikawa.

Morikawa hit his fifth straight birdie in the second half, but finished with a bogey 65. Tiger Woods missed the cut with two triple bogeys.

They were just footnotes to an incredible day. “I feel like I’m still dizzy,” Scheffler said.

The world number one player and Masters champion was heading to Valhalla Golf Club around 6 a.m. ET when he encountered a traffic jam, unaware that police were investigating a pedestrian – John Mills, who was working as a vendor at the tournament – who was hit and killed by a shuttle near the entrance. Scheffler was arrested for failing to comply with police instructions. The arrest report says a Louisville Metro police officer was knocked to the ground as Scheffler’s car passed, causing swelling and abrasions to the officer’s left wrist. The cheper said this was a “mixed OTIC situation” and never ignored the police’s instructions. “Big misunderstanding,” he said. “I can’t imagine what they’re going through and my heart goes out to them,” he said of the victims’ families. “My situation will get handled.”

Scheffler was handcuffed and taken into custody. The winner of a Masters green jacket posed for a mug shot wearing orange jail garb. He was able to watch the ESPN video of his arrest from his cell, his heart pounding, his body shaking. “I spent some time in my prison cell stretching, which was a first for me,” Scheffler said. “I just sat and waited and started warming up. I felt like there was a chance I could still come here and play. I started my routine today and tried to get my heart rate as low as possible.

“I was lucky to be able to come back and play golf today.”

It’s not just golf. He dropped the crash up to up to three feet for each bird in the first hole. It was difficult to make three shots of the green and make a turn.

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