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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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Lexi Thompson announces retirement from golf

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Lexi Thompson has announced that she is to retire from full-time competitive golf at this season’s end.

Thompson revealed her retirement plans via the USGA ahead of this week’s U.S. Open. The 29-year-old met with media today at Lancaster Country Club, where spoke to the toll playing professional golf takes on athletes.

Video below via Golf Digest:

Thompson also stated, “There’s more things to life than going to a tournament every week and doing the same training every day.”

Thompson said the following in a video on Instagram:

“While it is never easy to say goodbye, it is indeed time. 2024, I will be stepping away from a full professional golf schedule. I’m excited to enjoy the remainder of the year as there are still goals I want to accomplish.

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life. Time with family, friends, and my trusted companion Leo. I will always look for ways to contribute to the sport and inspire the next generation of golfers. And of course, I look forward to a little time for myself.”

This week’s U.S. Open will be Thompson’s 18th consecutive start in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Thompson won the 2014 ANA Inspiration (now Chevron Championship) and notched 11 LPGA Tour victories, as well as representing the United States in the Solheim Cup six times during her illustrious career.

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