Citing Ailing Back, Justin Thomas Withdraws From Travelers Championship

In a nod to these turbulent times, Justin Thomas didn’t waste a second tweeting out an explanation for his late removal from the Travelers Championship field on Wednesday morning

“Before the rumors start flying,” Thomas wrote, “I have decided to [withdraw] to treat and rest my back, which I tweaked earlier this week. Just making sure I get it taken care of and ready for the rest of the PGA season as planned. Hate to be missing one of the best/my favorite events @TravelersChamp!”

Thomas has been a mainstay at TPC River Highlands. His best finish — a tie for third — came in 2016 when he carded what’s perhaps the most overlooked 62 in PGA Tour history on the same day Jim Furyk earned the nickname Mr. 58.

The reigning PGA Championship winner struggled to carry that momentum into Brookline, Mass., for the U.S. Open. He made the cut on the strength of a 1-under-par 69 in the opening round but faded over the weekend.