PGA Championship 2019: World No. 5 Justin Thomas withdraws from PGA with wrist injury

May 13, 2019

The 2017 PGA Championship winner will miss this year’s event.

Justin Thomas has withdrawn from this week’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island, he announced on Monday, and Kelly Kraft has taken his spot.

Thomas addressed his WD on Twitter, citing a wrist injury that has yet to fully heal.

“Obviously as a past champion, this tournament is extra special to me,” he wrote. “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, ranked 5th in the world, hasn’t played since his T-12 at the Masters. His bum wrist also kept him out of the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago, which was the site of his 2017 PGA Championship victory.

Before his WD, Thomas had 18/1 odds to win the PGA. Only Tiger Woods (9/1), Dustin Johnson (10/1), Brooks Koepka (10/1), Rory McIlroy (16/1) and Rickie Fowler (16/1) had better odds to win.