Justin Thomas withdraws from PGA Championship with wrist injury

Jose Verdugo
May 15, 2019

"The body doesn't respond like it used to, doesn't bounce back quite as well, so I have to be aware of that".

The 2019 PGA Championship is set to begin on Thursday.

"Some days I have more range of motion, some days I don't", says Woods. I don't think he's doing this to gain an advantage.

Woods practiced four times last week, including an 18-hole session at the Long Island public layout last Wednesday, two days after accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony.

"I wanted to play at Quail Hollow, but to be honest with you, I wasn't ready yet to start the grind of practicing and preparing and logging all those hours again, " Woods said of the Wells Fargo Championship, which he skipped two weeks ago.

"Going into the Masters, I felt that my swing had finally turned the corner because I was trying to make sure that I could hit a high draw and call upon it with a driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, any club in the bag".

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"I would be on the side of making the players jump through a few more hoops to be in the Ryder Cup team", he said.

This marks the first PGA Championship since 1948 to be played in May after the event was shifted this year from its traditional August spot in golf's lineup.

"As far as J.D. taking a cart", Woods said with a pause, "I walked with a broken leg, so".

Daly, who is eligible for the tournament for life because he is a past champion, had been denied permission to use a cart at the U.S. Senior Open previous year, but he regularly uses one on the Champions Tour for players 50 and over.

Woods will go for a fifth Wanamaker Trophy at this week's PGA Championship and next month he will bid for a fourth U.S. Open trophy at Pebble Beach. Now I think it's just maintaining it. "We try and use common sense, what's reasonable, what's fair for the protection both of the player and those issues as well as the playing of a major championship".

Thomas will be replaced in the field by fellow American and world No 192 Kelly Kraft.

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