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PGA Tour pro sounds off on ‘unfair’ PGA Championship invites

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This week, the PGA of America made some surprising announcements regarding the field of next week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla.

The event now will feature 16 LIV players with Talor Gooch, Dean Burmester, David Puig, Adrian Meronk and Patrick Reed receiving special exemptions.

PGA Tour player, Dylan Wu, took issue with how the exemptions were used and went to X to share his thoughts.

“Why is there never “real” qualifications for the PGA Championship? You have a points list and World ranking invite. Usually just outside top 100 in OWGR gets in. Chan Kim ranked 104th in OWGR doesn’t get in. SH Kim at 107th isn’t in.”

“Jesper Svennson ranked 108th gets in. Tim Widing 120th gets in. Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald gets a spot. A bunch of guys get leapfrogged even though they’re ranked higher than others. Seems like they just invite whoever they want. Unfair to the guys on the edge like Chan and SH”

“Just seems like the world of professional golf is in a weird spot and I love that the tournament invited a handful of great LIV players but figure out a correct system for a major championship where guys know they’ll be in or not. ????”

Fans who replied to Wu seemed to agree that a more definitive ranking system for the PGA Championship should be established.

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“A big misunderstanding” – Charges against Scottie Scheffler dropped

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“Based upon the totality of the evidence, my office cannot move forward in the prosecution of the charges filed against Mr. Scheffler.”

So began Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, Wednesday, telling a judge that “Mr. Scheffler’s characterization that this was ‘a big misunderstanding’ is corroborated by the evidence.”

Accordingly, all charges against the 27-year-old have been dropped. Scheffler was facing four charges, most seriously, second degree assault on a police offer, in conjunction with his May 17 failure to stop when directed to by Detective Bryan Gillis as he attempted to enter Valhalla Golf Club prior to the second round.

O’Connell’s reference to “a big misunderstanding” alludes to Scheffler’s statement during the PGA Championship.

“It was a very chaotic situation, understandably so considering the tragic accident that had occurred earlier, and there was a big misunderstanding of what I thought I was being asked to do,” Scheffler’s statement read.

“The evidence we reviewed supports the conclusion that Detective Gillis was concerned for public safety at the scene when he initiated contact with Mr. Scheffler,” O’Connell said. “However, Mr. Scheffler’s actions and the evidence surrounding their exchange during this misunderstanding do not satisfy the elements of any criminal offenses.”

Following the hearing, Scheffler’s attorney, Steve Romines said, “The more evidence that comes out, the more it shows that Scottie was a victim here.” Romines told reporters eyewitness accounts contradicted Gillis’ assertion that he was dragged by Scheffler’s car.

Romines indicated Scheffler wants to “move on” and does not intend to pursue civil litigation.

In a statement following the decision, Louisville Metro Police Department stated

“We respect the County Attorney’s decision, and we respect the judicial process. LMPD will remain focused on our mission to serve the city of Louisville and mitigate violent crime. Videos and documents which were previously unreleased due to the judicial process will be made available, after appropriate redactions are made.”

Scheffler, who was due to be arraigned in court June 3, was not present at the proceedings Wednesday.


Update: Scheffler issued the following statement via his Instagram.

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PGA Tour pro calls for Nelly Korda to be given exemption into men’s event

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Nelly Korda has been a dominant force in women’s golf this season. She’s already amassed six victories including a major championship this year and will be looking to add another at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Last year, LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson received an exemption into a men’s PGA Tour event, and Tour player Michael Kim believes the same opportunity should be afforded to Korda.

Kim also listed the events he thinks Nelly could be successful in.

Most fans on social media replying to Kim’s post don’t agree with his suggestion.

It’s unclear if playing in a PGA Tour event is even something Korda would be interested in.

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‘John Daly-esque’ – Charley Hull smokes cigarette while signing autographs at U.S. Women’s Open

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While preparing for this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Charley Hull was seen smoking a cigarette while signing autographs.

This isn’t new for the world number eight, as she’s been seen smoking while playing in the past, including at last week’s Mizuho Americas Open.

Hull is looking to win her first major this week after finishing 2nd in last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

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