ST. LOUIS – Thomas Bjorn will have more time to scout potential picks this week at Bellerive.
The European Ryder Cup captain withdrew from the 100th PGA Championship on Wednesday morning, citing his “old back.”
Unfortunately having to WD from @PGAChampionship due to reoccurrence of my old back not holding up!!
Thank you to @PGA for having me this week and good luck everyone playing this week.
Looking forward to watching it all unfold!
— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) August 8, 2018
Bjorn will be replaced in the field by Kevin Streelman, who will be making his first major championship start in two years. And he was quite excited by the news.
Just heard I got in the @PGAChampionship
I feel like dancin…
— Kevin Streelman (@Streels54) August 8, 2018
In six prior PGA appearances, Streelman has missed the cut on three occasions, with a best career finish of T-12 at Oak Hill in 2013.
Streelman’s addition to the field means Kelly Kraft is now next in line on the alternate list.