Ko's wrist healed; won't need surgery


NAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko’s once ailing left wrist is feeling is so good after special therapies in South Korea this fall, she believes she won’t need corrective surgery in the offseason.

Ko, 17, the youngest rookie of the year in LPGA history, says she is pain free this week at the CME Group Tour Championship. She’s pleased to report she’s been feeling like that since going to South Korea for treatments during the Asian swing this fall.

“The wrist feels great,” Ko told GolfChannel.com. “I have no pain, and we’ve decided I’m not going to have surgery now. We think it’s the best thing.”

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Ko’s left wrist swelled considerably at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in August, where she revealed cysts in the wrist were filling with fluids. She had the cysts drained a couple times this season and was advised late this summer that she probably needed surgery to seal the cysts to prevent constant, recurring fluid buildup.

Ko underwent acupuncture and other therapies in South Korea the week before the Sime Darby Malaysia in early October.

“The treatment was definitely helpful,” said Ko, a two-time winner this season. “It’s been feeling great. It’s nice not to have to think about it.”