Injured Justin Thomas has withdrawn from this week’s US PGA Championship, with Dustin Johnson a 9/1 favourite to lift the trophy.
Thomas claimed his only major to date in the 2017 edition of the tournament at Quail Hollow but has not featured since finishing in a tie for 12th at the Masters due to a problem with his wrist.
The 26-year-old American took to social media on Tuesday to outline his disappointment.
“Unfortunately, I will be withdrawing from the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black this week as my wrist is not yet fully healed,” he 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.”
It is still a superb field, with world number one Johnson seeking his second major after taking the 2016 US Open.
The 34-year-old has been consistent in the big four events, with 15 top-10 finishes in addition to his Oakmont County Club triumph.
He shared second place at last month’s Masters and will hope to go one better at Bethpage (Johnson 14/5 Group A Winner – 72 hole betting).
There is a strong English contingent at the Long Island event, with Justin Rose priced at 12/5 to finish as top Englishman, but he faces some stiff competition.
Tiger Woods’ incredible Augusta triumph means that the 43-year-old will be the subject of much scrutiny in New York and the 15-time major winner will tee off alongside Francesco Molinari and defending champion Brooks Koepka on Thursday afternoon (Koepka & Woods 6/4, Molinari 12/5 3-Ball Betting).
Odds subject to change