For years, Lydia Ko has dealt with a cyst on her left wrist. The cyst had grown in recent weeks, causing considerable pain.
After playing last week in Canada, Ko, already a four-time LPGA winner at age 17, returned home to Florida and visited Dr. Bruce Thomas, the tour’s medical director, in his Melbourne office. According to Ko’s IMG agent, Michael Yim, she underwent an MRI and then had the cyst drained. She intends to take a week off to heal before preparing for the year’s final major, the Evian Championship, on Sept. 11-14 in France. She also intends to compete in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on Sept. 18-21 in Prattville, Ala., and then reassess the wrist before the six-week Asian Swing begins in early October.
Yim said the cyst resulted from years of diligent practice and that Ko has had it drained before.
Ko’s options include continued drainage or, for a longterm solution, surgery. The drawback of surgery is that she would have to take at least two months to heal.