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Wrist injury rules Thomas out of PGA Championship

News24
14 May 2019, 16:12 GMT+10

Bethpage - Fifth-ranked Justin Thomas withdrew from this week's PGA Championship with a right wrist injury, scuttling hopes the event would feature all of the world's 100 top-rated players.

The 26-year-old American, who won his first major title at the 2017 PGA at Quail Hollow, was replaced in this week's line-up at Bethpage Black by compatriot Kelly Kraft.

The loss of Thomas means the event will not become the first major since the world rankings began in 1986 to feature the top 100.

Thomas shared sixth at last year's PGA at Bellerive and tied for 12th at last month's Masters.

Kraft, ranked 192nd, had a season-best showing of fifth in March at Puntacana in the Dominican Republic but has missed the cut in four of five starts since. It will be only his fifth major start, with a best of 58th at the 2017 PGA.

Kraft will tee off alongside Australian Adam Scott and Spain's Sergio Garcia in the first round at 07:40 (13:40 SA time) off the 10th tee.

This marks the first year since 1948 that the PGA Championship will be played in May, the event moving this year from what had become its traditional August spot in the golfing season.

Past 10 winners of the PGA Championship ahead of this week's 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black:

2018: Brooks Koepka (USA) (Bellerive)

2017: Justin Thomas (USA) (Quail Hollow)

2016: Jimmy Walker (USA) (Baltusrol)

2015: Jason Day (AUS) (Whistling Straits)

2014: Rory McIlroy (NIR) (Valhalla)

2013: Jason Dufner (USA) (Oak Hill)

2012: Rory McIlroy (NIR) (Kiawah Island)

2011: Keegan Bradley (USA) (Atlanta Athletic Club)

2010: Martin Kaymer (GER) (Whistling Straits)

2009: Yang Yong-eun (KOR) (Hazeltine)

Tee times for Thursday's opening round of the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black (all times SA):

1st Tee

12:45: Rob Labritz (USA), Beau Hossler (USA), J.J. Spaun (USA)

12:56: Sam Burns (USA), Jeffrey Schmid (USA), Keith Mitchell (USA)

13:07: An Byeong-hun (KOR), Jason Caron (USA), Andrew Putnam (USA)

13:18: John O'Leary (USA), Harold Varner (USA), Kyle Stanley (USA)

13:29: Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA), Justin Harding (RSA), Richy Werenski (USA)

13:40: Vijay Singh (FIJ), Jason Dufner (USA), Jimmy Walker (USA)

13:51: Graeme McDowell (NIR), Chez Reavie (USA), Brendan Jones (AUS)

14:02: Tyrrell Hatton (ENG), Russell Knox (SCO), Li Haotong (CHN)

14:13: Lee Westwood (ENG), Shaun Norris (RSA), Charles Howell (USA)

14:24: J.B. Holmes (USA), Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN), Troy Merritt (USA)

14:35: Joost Luiten (NED), Brian Mackey (USA), Matt Wallace (ENG)

14:46: Casey Russell (USA), Luke List (USA), Abraham Ancer (MEX)

14:57: Craig Bowden (USA), Adam Long (USA), Joaquin Niemann (CHI)

18:10: Michael Thompson (USA), Danny Lee (NZL), Justin Bertsch (USA)

18:21: Cameron Champ (USA), Rich Berberian (USA), Lucas Glover (USA)

18:32: Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Daniel Berger (USA), Paul Casey (ENG)

18:43: Tony Finau (USA), Billy Horschel (USA), Ian Poulter (ENG)

18:54: Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG), Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP), Gary Woodland (USA)

19:05: Padraig Harrington (IRL), Martin Kaymer (GER), Keegan Bradley (USA)

19:16: Jon Rahm (ESP), Dustin Johnson (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA)

19:27: Pat Perez (USA), Kevin Kisner (USA), Bryson DeChambeau (USA)

19:38: Rory McIlroy (NIR), Phil Mickelson (USA), Jason Day (AUS)

19:49: Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Matt Kuchar (USA), Cameron Smith (AUS)

20:00: Corey Conners (CAN), Jim Furyk (USA), Marc Leishman (AUS)

20:11: Jorge Campillo (ESP), Stuart Deane (AUS), Chesson Hadley (USA)

20:22: Dylan Frittelli (RSA), Andrew Filbert (USA), Kurt Kitayama (USA)

10th Tee

12:45: Ben Cook (USA), Scott Piercy (USA), Brian Gay (USA)

12:56: Thomas Pieters (BEL), Patton Kizzire (USA), Adam Hadwin (CAN)

13:07: Brandt Snedeker (USA), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Max Homa (USA)

13:18: Henrik Stenson (SWE), David Lipsky (USA), Richard Sterne (RSA)

13:29: Shane Lowry (IRL), Erik van Rooyen (RSA), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)

13:40: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Kelly Kraft (USA), Adam Scott (AUS)

13:51: Charley Hoffman (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Patrick Reed (USA)

14:02: Rickie Fowler (USA), Bubba Watson (USA), Justin Rose (ENG)

14:13: Xander Schauffele (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Alex Noren (SWE)

14:24: Brooks Koepka (USA), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Tiger Woods (USA)

14:35: Aaron Wise (USA), Ryan Fox (NZL), Shugo Imahira (JPN)

14:46: Julian Suri (USA), Marty Jertson (USA), Martin Trainer (USA)

14:57: Lucas Herbert (AUS), Cory Schneider (USA), Im Sung-jai (KOR)

18:10: Ryan Vermeer (USA), Adrian Otaegui (ESP), Jason Kokrak (USA)

18:21: Alex Bjork (SWE), Rod Perry (USA), Ross Fisher (ENG)

18:32: Eddie Pepperell (ENG), Branden Grace (RSA), Ryan Palmer (USA)

18:43: Ryan Moore (USA), Joel Dahmen (USA), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)

18:54: Yang Yong-eun (KOR), Rich Beem (USA), John Daly (USA)

19:05: Steve Stricker (USA), Brian Harman (USA), Patrick Cantlay (USA)

19:16: Kang Sung (KOR), Shaun Micheel (USA), Alex Beach (USA)

19:27: Pan C.T. (TPE), Kevin Na (USA), Ryan Armour (USA)

19:38: Danny Willett (ENG), Webb Simpson (USA), Zach Johnson (USA)

19:49: Kevin Tway (USA), Brandon Stone (RSA), Bronson Burgoon (USA)

20:00: Kim Si-woo (KOR), Danny Balin (USA), Tom Lewis (ENG)

20:11: Jazz Janewattananond (THA), Tyler Hall (USA), Michael Kim (USA)

20:22: Mikko Korhonen (FIN), Craig Hocknull (AUS), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

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