The Charles Schwab Challenge now has the top five players in the world with the addition of No. 4 Justin Thomas to the field for the PGA Tour‘s return, June 11-14 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.
Thomas, who currently sits at No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings, will be making his Colonial debut. He was committed to play in last year’s Charles Schwab Challenge, but was forced to skip the event due to the same wrist injury that kept him out of the Wells Fargo Championship, RBC Heritage and the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
Thomas has won 12 PGA Tour events, highlighted by the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. He has two victories this season, the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges and the Sentry Tournament of Champions as well as a tie for third at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
En route to capturing the 2017 FedEx Cup championship, Thomas kicked off the year with back-to-back wins in the two PGA Tour events in Hawaii. He fired a 59 in the Sony Open in Hawaii, joining the exclusive club as one of nine players to have a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour.
This is the first time since the 2005 AT&T Byron Nelson (and first time ever for Colonial) that the top five players in the world rankings are all playing in one of DFW’s PGA Tour events. The 2005 Nelson featured Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen in the field, with Woods and Goosen each missing the cut. It marks the last time that Woods has played in DFW, but he did return to play in Texas in 2019 at the Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin.
It remains to be seen if Woods will join the Colonial field after he won last weekend’s The Match at Medalist Golf Club in Florida. Woods, who is currently ranked No. 11, finished in a tie for fourth in his only Colonial appearance in 1997.
Thomas joins Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Kopeka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson as top 10 players committed to Colonial.