World No. 5 golfer Justin Thomas withdraws from Travelers Championship

CROMWELL — Justin Thomas has withdrawn from the Travelers Championship.

Thomas first withdrew from the Celebrity Pro-Am on Wednesday morning. Thomas was supposed to be paired with Xander Schauffele and Tom Hoge, going off the 10th tee at 7:35 a.m.

Thomas has been replaced by Satoshi Kodaira.

PGA Tour Communications tweeted out the official news Wednesday morning.

Thomas later tweeted, “Before the rumors start flying, I have decided to WD 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 is ranked fifth in the world rankings and fourth in the FedExCup standings. He won the PGA Championship last month in a playoff with Will Zalatoris and finished third to Rory McIlroy at the Canadian Open.

Thomas, 29, tied for 37th at the U.S. Open last week. He has played the Travelers six previous times, including once as an amateur. His best finish is a tie for third in 2016.

Thomas has been in full support of staying with the PGA Tour while the LIV Golf Invitational Series has been plucking tour golfers, the latest being Brooks Koepka and Abe Ancer on Tuesday.

Both were supposed to play Travelers. Koepka officially withdrew Tuesday evening.; @nhrJoeMorelli