The Colonial golf course from above
Justin Thomas withdrew from this week’s PGA Championship with a right wrist injury, but remains on the latest Charles Schwab Challenge commitment list for now.
Thomas, the No. 5-ranked player in the world, said his wrist has not fully healed, but is “optimistic about a return in the near future.”
Thomas has never played at Colonial, and it seems unlikely he’ll make his debut this year a week after pulling out of a major championship. He last played in the Masters, as he’s battled tendinitis issues.
For now, though, Thomas is one of seven players ranked in the top 15 committed to the tournament, set for May 23-26. Defending champion Justin Rose (No. 2) leads the field, followed by Thomas (No. 5), Xander Schauffele (No. 9), Rickie Fowler (No. 10), Jon Rahm (No. 11), Paul Casey (No. 12) and Tony Finau (No. 15).
The field also boasts a nice mix of major champions such as North Texas’ Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, David Toms and Martin Kaymer.
Kaymer, a German who was once the top-ranked player in the world, and Alex Noren, a Swedish player who has been ranked as high as No. 8, are notable European players making their Colonial debuts.
The field also has several local players, including TCU product Tom Hoge who received a sponsor’s exemption. Hoge, a Fort Worth resident, finished tied for 67th at the AT&T Byron Nelson last weekend.
Other area players include fellow TCU product J.J. Henry and Westlake’s Ben Crane.