Grayson Murray death shows golfers can be ‘vulnerable and fragile’, says McIlroy

  • Rory McIlroy: ‘It’s incredibly sad … it puts things in perspective’
  • PGA Tour player Murray died last week at the age of 30

Rory McIlroy believes the death of two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray has highlighted how “vulnerable and fragile” golfers and other top athletes can be.

“It’s incredibly sad, first and foremost, and I think we’re all thinking of Grayson’s family and hoping that they’re doing OK and getting through this incredibly tough period,” McIlroy said before the first round of the RBC Canadian Open.

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Charges against Scottie Scheffler over US PGA Championship arrest dropped

  • Golfer was facing charges of assaulting police officer
  • Reports say both parties will not pursue legal action

Charges against world No 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler are being dropped by prosecutors it was confirmed on Wednesday.

An agreement between Scheffler and the Louisville Metro Police Department stipulates that both sides have agreed not to pursue any legal action related to his arrest at the US PGA Championship earlier this month, according to Kentucky’s NewsRadio 840 WHAS.

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Major winner Lexi Thompson to retire at 29 after rollercoaster career

  • Golfer qualified for US Women’s Open at age of 12
  • American had number of near misses at majors

Lexi Thompson is retiring this year from full-time competition, ending a career defined by her powerful game, appeal to young fans and plenty of star-crossed moments in majors.

Thompson will this week play in her 18th US Women’s Open, and the fact she is only 29 speaks to a career that began at such a young age.

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Professional golfer Grayson Murray, two-time PGA Tour winner, dies aged 30

  • Two-time PGA Tour winner dies Saturday morning aged 30
  • Murray withdrew from Colonial tournament on Friday

Two-time PGA Tour winner Grayson Murray died Saturday morning at age 30, one day after he withdrew from the Charles Schwab Cup Challenge at Colonial.

There were no immediate details on the circumstances of his death, only shock and grief from the PGA Tour and his management team.

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Officer who arrested Scottie Scheffler reprimanded for not having bodycam activated

  • Detective faces ‘corrective action’ following investigation
  • Scheffler faces charges including felony after US PGA incident

The Louisville Metro police ­department has taken ­“corrective action” against an officer who arrested Scottie Scheffler before the second round of the US PGA ­Championship last week. The ­department said the officer failed to activate his body-worn camera (BWC) during the arrest.

The police chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-­Villaroel said at a news ­conference on Thursday that the LMPD ­detective Bryan Gillis violated the ­department’s bodycam policy, which says ­officers are required to ­“maintain their BWC in a constant state of operational readiness”.

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The G4D Open for the world’s best disabled golfers – a photo essay

As many of the world’s most talented golfers with disabilities returned to Woburn Golf Club to compete in the G4D Open, our photographer was there to take in the action and share some of the competitors’ stories

You might have thought that last week the entire golfing world only had eyes for the second major of the year, the US PGA. But away from the action on the course at Valhalla and off the course at Louisville police station, another major was happening, the G4D Open, essentially a version of the Open Championship for the world’s best disabled golfers.

Established last year, this 54-hole championship, held in partnership with the R&A and the DP World Tour, was the most inclusive to date. A total of 80 competitors from 19 countries, men and women, amateur and pro, featured in nine sport classes across multiple disabilities. The tournament took place at the beautiful Duchess Course at Woburn in Buckinghamshire.

Golfers on the 14th green during day two of the golf for disabled G4D Open at the Duchess Course, Woburn Golf Club.

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Xander Schauffele wins 2024 US PGA Championship – as it happened

  • Xander Schauffele wins maiden major at Valhalla
  • Californian holds off Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland
  • Official leaderboard

Looking back, it should have been pretty obvious that Scottie Scheffler wasn’t going to win after the surreal incident with the peelers on Friday morning. He got back to Valhalla in time to card a jaw-droppingly dogged 66, but the mental cost must have been immense, and yesterday’s 73 was a bit of a low-energy fiasco that could have been a whole lot worse. He’s not really shifting the needle today; bogey at 1, birdie at 5, and he remains where he started at -7 through seven underwhelming holes. Time to recharge the batteries by spending some time at home with the new arrival … and OK, I’ve not quite thought that through, but you get the general gist. He’ll be back and firing on all cylinders again soon enough. Watch out Pinehurst!

It wasn’t to be for poor old Rory this week (pt XXXVIII in an ongoing series). McIlroy takes a shy at the short par-four 4th from the tee, but ends up on a grassy knoll to the side of the green. He whips out, his ball sailing through the green and over the other side, into more thick stuff, where he finds himself shortsided. But then he stabs delightfully out to three feet, such a fine mixture of power and delicacy, and scrambles his par. He remains at -7, and thoughts will already be turning to Pinehurst next month.

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US PGA Championship 2024: third round – as it happened

  • Shane Lowry shoots record-equalling 62 at Valhalla
  • Collin Morikawa shares lead with Xander Schauffele
  • Official leaderboard

“This could be the lowest scoring day in major-championship history,” opines Sky commentator Paul McGinley. No wind, soft greens, warm sunshine, all that. This being the case, you don’t want to be going backwards too much at any given point. So it’s a big putt for Bob MacIntyre on 3. Having dropped a shot at 2, he’s facing another bogey at 3. Unless he makes a 15-footer, he’ll effectively be making his fourth in his last five holes of play. But in it goes, and Scotland’s only representative here remains at -6.

Shane Lowry is this close to holding out from a greenside bunker at 6. That’s an end to his run of birdies, though. Tom Hoge drains a monster from downtown on 17, his fourth birdie of the day, and he’s -6. And there are opening birdies for Bryson DeChambeau and Austin Eckroat. A lot of players throwing darts, with the course there for the taking.

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US PGA Championship 2024: Scottie Scheffler in second-round action after arrest – live

Sky Sports commentator Wayne Riley has been on the driving range to gauge opinion among the early starters. “The energy is zapped,” he reports. His Sky colleague Rich Beem is competing this week as a former champion, and Beem told Riley that “no-one had seen Scottie Scheffler … everyone was on their phone … they’d hit a shot, hit a putt, then look on their phone … they were caring for Scottie Scheffler, they were worried.”

Riley also spoke of the “person who was coming to the golf, if he was coming, lost his life … that is a terrible thing … you’re looking forward to the PGA Championship here at Valhalla and someone is not going to be with us today … so many players have said to me, ‘I can’t believe they’re actually playing today’ … I’m getting that vibe … I’m getting a lot of vibe that people are going ‘woah, somebody’s lost their life here today, Scottie has been taken away, do we go into Monday?’ ”

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Scottie Scheffler: golf’s straight man grabs attention in most unexpected way

Scottie Scheffler’s unlikely brush with the law has raised his profile to a level that his playing abilities would never be able to

For 27 years, 10 months, and 26 days the most interesting thing about Scottie Scheffler was his golf. And given that’s what he’s paid for, you might think it ought to be enough. But the truth is that ever since Scheffler rose to the top of the world rankings in March 2022 the game has wanted more from him. Trouble is, besides his faith, his family, and his attachment to a beaten-up old 2012 GMC Yukon, he does not have much else to give. Whisper it, but the truth is that a lot of people in the game worry that Scheffler, who many reckon is the best player of his generation, is just a little bit too boring to carry the sport.

And then he decided to take a detour into the westbound lane on his way through the gates to Valhalla on Friday morning. Last month Scheffler explained that he believed his victory at the Masters was meant to be because God had laid out “today’s plans many years ago, and I could do nothing to mess them up”. Well, either the Lord also takes his marching orders from Kentucky traffic cops, or this is more proof, if we needed it, that he moves in mysterious ways.

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Scottie Scheffler charged with assault after traffic stop outside US PGA – video

The world No 1, Scottie Scheffler, was detained by police hours before his second round of the US PGA Championship. Scheffler was led away in handcuffs outside the Valhalla Golf Club entrance after becoming involved in a misunderstanding over traffic flow with the officers and attempting to drive into the course. Scheffler has been booked on charges of second degree assault of a police officer, third degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an officer.

In a statement released after he arrived back at Valhalla, Scheffler said: 'This morning, I was proceeding as directed by police officers. 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. I never intended to disregard any of the instructions. I’m hopeful to put this to the side and focus on golf today.'

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US PGA Championship 2024: first round – live

Tiger’s tee shot at the par-three 11th is long and to the right. He can’t get anywhere close with his wedge out of the thick cabbage, and drops to +1. Meanwhile a slow start for another former champion, Shaun Micheel. Three bogeys in the opening five holes and the 2003 winner (and 2006 runner-up) is +3 in short order.

Another birdie for Doug Ghim! He rattles in a 30-footer across 13 and the 28-year-old from Illinois, making his PGA debut this week, hits the front of his own. That’s because Luke Donald visits a native area down the left side of 5, and ends up looking at a 60-footer to save his par. He does pretty well to limit the damage to bogey. But up on 10, the in-form Rory McIlroy opens with birdie, that aforementioned loose tee shot worrying him not one jot.

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Man who made $5m in Masters thefts pleads guilty in federal court

  • Richard Globensky transported stolen Augusta goods
  • 39-year-old faces up to 10 years in jail over thefts

A former warehouse assistant for the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia pleaded guilty Wednesday to transporting millions of dollars worth of stolen Masters tournament memorabilia and historic items, including one of Arnold Palmer’s green jackets.

Richard Globensky, of Georgia, entered the plea during his initial appearance in federal court in Chicago.

Federal prosecutors said the 39-year-old would take items from the warehouse and sell and transport them to another party in Florida for sale online. The scheme went on for nearly a decade and Globensky made roughly $5m from the sales. As part of a plea deal, Globensky must write a $1.5m cashier’s check to the government.

He was charged with one count of transporting goods knowing they had been stolen.

“I plead guilty,” Globensky, who was wearing a suit and tie, told the judge.

The items – stolen between 2009 and 2022 – included T-shirts, mugs and chairs, and historic memorabilia, including green jackets and tickets to Masters tournaments in the 1930s. The total loss to Augusta National was more than $3m, according to prosecutors. A representative for Augusta National did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment.

Globensky declined to comment to reporters. His attorney, Thomas Church, said the case was being tried in Chicago because some of the stolen goods were recovered in the area.

Sentencing will be in late October. Globensky faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, but will likely get closer to two years in prison under the sentencing guidelines.

Augusta National hosts the annual Masters golf tournament. This year’s edition was won by Scottie Scheffler last month.

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