Scheffler has revealed his arrest and his preperation for the PGA second round. GETTY IMAGES

Golf star Scottie Scheffler prepared for his second round at the US PGA Championship by "stretching in a jail cell" following his arrest on Friday morning.

The world number one was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and ignoring traffic signals from an officer after an incident near Valhalla Golf Club.

"My main focus after getting arrested was wondering if I could be able to come back out here and play, and fortunately I was able to do that," he said. "I was never angry, just in shock and I was shaking the whole time. It was definitely a new feeling for me. The officer that took me to the jail was very kind. He was great. We had a nice chat in the car, that kind of helped calm me down."

Following his release, Scheffler reached Valhalla Golf Club just 54 minutes before his tee time and managed to shoot a five-under 66, bringing his overall score to nine under. He expressed his condolences, stating his "heart goes out to the family" of a man who was struck and killed by a shuttle bus near the club on Friday morning. 

This incident caused the traffic jam Scheffler was trying to bypass to make it to the golf club on time. According to a report from the Louisville Metro Police Department, the officer who tried to stop Scheffler from entering the club was dragged to the ground by Scheffler's car, resulting in "pain, swelling, and abrasions" to his left wrist and knee.

The report also mentions that the officer's uniform trousers were damaged beyond repair, and he was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Scheffler was arrested after trying to avoid the scene of the incident before being stopped by the police.

Scheffler has spoken of his arrest and how he trained in jail. GETTY IMAGES
Scheffler has spoken of his arrest and how he trained in jail. GETTY IMAGES

"It was a chaotic situation and a big misunderstanding," he said. "It’ll get resolved fairly quickly I think. I was driving in this morning, trying to get to my warm-up time and I don't really have an understanding what transpired. I did numerous apologies but it was dark, it was raining and they had just had an accident. I didn’t know what had happened at the time but my heart goes out to the family.

"At no point did I try to name drop myself to defuse the situation. I just tried to remain as calm as possible and just follow instructions. I feel like my head is still spinning," he said. "I did spend some time stretching in a jail cell – that was a first for me.

"There was a TV in the holding cell and I could see myself on it and in the corner it showed the time and they said [the start] was delayed. I was thinking about my tee time and whether I might be able to get out so I started going through my routine.

"I was pretty rattled but the officers were tremendous," he said. "A couple of them inside made some jokes when they figured out who I was and how I ended up there. 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.

"I felt like the fans were cheering extra loud for me. I know sometimes you can’t see it on my face but I really do enjoy playing in front of them. The support I’ve been getting has been tremendous and I’m really grateful for it," he concluded.
Scheffler's attorney, Steve Romines, said that they 'will be pleading not guilty' and that his client only followed instructions he was given at the scene and did not assault any officer with his car."He was proceeding as directed by another traffic officer and driving a marked player's vehicle with credentials visible," Romines said.
"In the confusion, Scottie is alleged to have disregarded a different officer's traffic signals resulting in these charges. Multiple eyewitnesses have confirmed that he did not do anything wrong but was simply proceeding as directed ... He stopped immediately upon being directed to and never at any point assaulted any officer with his vehicle.
"We will litigate this matter as needed and he will be completely exonerated."

A Jefferson County Attorney's office spokesman told television station WDRB they are 'still obtaining information in the case of Mr. Scheffler and will review and proceed accordingly'. Conviction on the felony charge alone could bring five to 10 years in prison.

An arraignment is set for Tuesday.