May 26, 2024

World No.1 Scottie Scheffler is piling on the pressure for an incredible fifth title in 2024 with the 27-year-old second and just four shots behind Charles Schwab Challenge leader Davis Riley heading into Sunday’s final round in Texas.

The two-time PGA Tour winner was staring down the barrel of an early exit in the first round but rallied in the second to find himself T15. He made four straight birdies amid a bogey-free 65 to get to three-under-par on Friday and Saturday’s showing was even better with a 63 to move to 10-under-par.

Riley, who holds a four-shot lead over Scheffler, is looking to secure a maiden solo PGA Tour victory, with his only other coming in the Zurich Classic team event in New Orleans with Nick Hardy last year. He will now go toe-to-toe with Scheffler, who is bogey-free since the first-round triple-bogey and has four wins in 2024: The RBC Heritage, Arnold Palmer Invitational, THE PLAYERS Championship, and the Masters.

 

“I’ve known Scottie for a long time and played a lot of junior golf with him, college golf, and he obviously is playing some really good golf right now,” Riley said. “So, he’s going to come out swinging, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and it will be a fun day competing out there.”

 

Scheffler added: “I didn’t obviously know what the leaders were going to do, but just tried to do my best to not look too far ahead and continue to go out there and execute and try and give myself as many looks as possible.”

Scheffler’s comeback in Texas is fresh off the back of his PGA Championship arrest storm, where he was later charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, a felony, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and disregarding traffic signals from an officer directing traffic.

He was arrested and charged on his way into Valhalla Golf Club last week. peculation suggested the charges could be dropped or reduced but officials have confirmed they intend to let the process “play out.”

 

The two-time PGA Tour winner faced an early exit in the first round

The two-time PGA Tour winner faced an early exit in the first round 

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Second-degree assault carries a maximum prison term of ten years and up to $10,000 in a fine and Scheffler is due to be arraigned in court next month. Scheffler’s lawyer Steve Romines has doubled down on his client’s innocence.

Scheffler will not be seeking a settlement for this case after being charged. “Scottie Scheffler didn’t do anything wrong,” Romines said. “We’re not interested in settling the case. We will either try it, or it will be dismissed.

 

“It’s very simple. All the evidence that continues to come out just continues to support what Scottie said all along. This was a chaotic situation and miscommunication, and he didn’t do anything wrong.”

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