SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Justin Thomas, one of the U.S. team’s best players, will sit out the Sunday morning foursomes at the Walker Cup after tweaking his back late Saturday.
The Americans lead, 8-4, heading into the final two sessions at National Golf Links, but Thomas will begin Sunday on the sidelines. He tweaked his lower back during a practice round Thursday and appeared to reinjure it on the back nine Saturday.
“When he got done he was hurting,” said U.S. captain Jim Holtgrieve. “I think the adrenaline got him going, and I think that he was able to finish. But he’s in some pain.”
Thomas’ usual foursomes partner, Patrick Rodgers, will instead go off with Jordan Niebrugge, who is 1-1 this week.
Thomas and Rodgers won their opening foursomes match, 2 and 1, and Thomas managed to steal a half point from his singles match against Nathan Kimsey after the Englishman missed a 4-footer on the final green.
Thomas is still scheduled to play in singles, where he will face GB&I’s Max Orrin at 12:42 p.m. ET.