Former champion Justin Thomas has been forced to withdraw from the PGA Championship due to a wrist injury.
Thomas, who clinched the Wanamaker Trophy in 2017, confirmed the news on social media on Monday.
“Unfortunately I will be withdrawing from the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this week as my wrist is not yet fully healed,” Thomas wrote.
“Obviously, as a past champion, this tournament is extra special to me.
“It consistently has the strongest field in golf and I’m disappointed to not be among those competing this year, but I’m optimistic about a return in the near future.”
Thomas’ wrist injury is the same one that kept him out of the recent Wells Fargo tournament. He suffered the injury when he made contact with a tree while trying to hit a shot at the Honda Classic in March.
The 26-year-old had been in pretty solid form prior to the injury flaring up again, finishing 12th in the Masters and notching up four further top-3s and another top-10 in 2019, and was considered one of the favourites for the PGA Championship thanks in part to his prodigious length off the tee.
American golfer Kelly Kraft will take Thomas’s spot in the 156-player field.
The Dutchman finished third and second in the first two weeks of the home-based competition.
NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will also be involved.
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The US President phoned in as McIlroy played in a Sunday fundraiser for coronavirus victims.
Syme donated his prize money to charity.
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The Northern Irishman is ranked number one in the world.
Players entering the United States will face a 14-day quarantine period, while a strict testing regime will be in place at each tournament.
The experienced duo will be involved at Whistling Straits.
The world number 98 intends to split the 10,000 euros prize money between his own charity and a hospital in his native Rotterdam.