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Justin Thomas withdrew from the PGA Championship on Monday due to a wrist injury, tournament organizers announced.

Kelly Kraft will fill Thomas’ spot in the tournament, which begins with Thursday’s first round.

Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship, his first career major, by two strokes ahead of runners up Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed.

Thomas explained his absence with a note on his Twitter account Monday afternoon, expressing his deep disappointment in missing the tournament. He tweeted:

“Sadly, I can be withdrawing from the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this week as my wrist shouldn’t be but totally healed. Clearly, as a previous Champion, this match is further particular to me. It constantly has the strongest discipline in golf and I am upset to not be amongst these competing this yr however I am optimistic a few return within the close to future.”

Thomas’ finest consequence this season was second on the Genesis Open in February. He additionally completed third within the Waste Administration Phoenix Open and the Sentry Event of Champions. He injured his wrist and shoulder whereas hitting a tree when making an attempt to hit a shot on the Honda Basic in March.

The 26-year-old is coming off a T-12 end on the Masters the place he completed Eight-under 280. The winner of 9 PGA Tour titles is No. 5 within the Official World Golf Rating.

Thomas’ withdrawal from the match means there’ll solely be 99 of the World High 100 gamers taking part in within the occasion.

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