CHARLOTTE – Andrew “Beef” Johnston and Si Woo Kim are heading home early, as injuries forced both to withdraw from the 99th PGA Championship.
Johnston opened with a 7-over 78 Thursday at Quail Hollow, and then called it quits. He had made his last five cuts in major championships, including a solo eighth at the 2016 British Open and a T-60 last year in his PGA Championship debut.
It is unknown how Johnston injured his shoulder. He was staying in a rental home this week with fellow player Tyrrell Hatton, and the two were filmed having some fun by the pool earlier in the week.
Kim was even worse Thursday, posting 79 before bowing out due to a back injury. The Players champion is no stranger to this sort of thing, as he’s struggled with injury this year, leading to now six WDs from PGA Tour events in the 2016-17 season.
Kim, 22, is a two-time PGA Tour winner who was making his fifth start in a major. He missed the cut in his other three major starts prior to to this week but also finished T-13 at this year’s U.S. Open.