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An officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department has received “corrective action” after an internal investigation into the arrest of two-time major winner Scottie Scheffler revealed that he did not follow proper protocols by failing to turn on his body camera.  

Louisville police chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel made the announcement on Thursday morning in a joint press conference with Louisville mayor Craig Greenberg.

The internal investigation was launched after Scheffler, a fan favorite on the PGA Tour, was handcuffed and arrested just outside Valhalla Golf Club early Friday morning before the second round of the PGA Championship. 

According to an arrest report, Scheffler was driving a credentialed PGA courtesy car when an officer said he “refused to comply and accelerated forward, dragging” the officer to the ground. 

Police were already on the scene investigating a volunteer’s death, who was hit by a bus just outside the golf course. 

Scheffler, 27, is facing four charges, including felony assault over injuries a Louisville police officer sustained during the encounter.

“It was a chaotic situation and a big misunderstanding,” Scheffler said after the second round, also expressing his condolences to the family of the volunteer. “I can’t comment on any of the specifics of it, so I feel like y’all are going to be disappointed, but I can’t comment on any specifics, but my situation will be handled.” 

Scheffler also commended the officers he dealt with during the encounter. 

“They were really kind. I’m grateful that we have such strong police, and they’re our protectors out there, and like I said, we just got into a chaotic situation this morning. That’s really all it was.” 

His initial court date was postponed by a Kentucky court until June 3. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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