Justin Thomas’ nagging wrist injury has forced him to pull out of the PGA Championship just three days before it gets underway at Bethpage.
The 2017 winner, who hasn’t played since his T12 at Augusta, made a short statement on Twitter that he hopes to be back in action soon but that the second major of 2019 had come too soon.
First alternate Kelly Kraft replaces his countryman in the field and will play the first two rounds with Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) May 13, 2019
Thomas, who is now the World No. 5, has been struggling with his wrist and shoulder since hitting a tree with his club in the first round of the Honda Classic at the start of March, where he considered pulling out before tying for 30th, and his results have gradually tailed off since. After four top 10s in his first five starts in 2019 his Masters finish has been his highest finish since.
It’s the first time that he has had to withdraw from any tournament and it now means that 99 of the top 100 players in the world are in this week’s field.