Kiwi Lydia Ko has minor surgery on left wrist

SIMON PLUMB AND MATT RICHENS
Last updated 10:35 01/09/2014
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FINAL SHOT: Kiwi golf star has one more chance to become golf's youngest major winner at this week's Evian Championship.

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Lydia Ko's management company has confirmed the teenager has undergone a minor procedure on her wrist, but will play next week's final major of the year.

IMG's Michael Yim told Stuff his 17-year-old client had a cyst on her left wrist drained last Wednesday after returning to Florida from the Canadian Open.

She had earlier had an MRI scan and took advice from Bruce Thomas, the LPGA Tour's medical director.

It was the first time the world No 3 had had the procedure on her wrist, though it was understood to be an injury she's battled with for some time and was caused by her diligent and tough practice regime.

Yim said Ko's status would be watched closely, but it was expected she would travel to France and play in the final major of the year, the Evian Championship, beginning next Friday.

"We will observe the status of her wrist on a weekly basis. The cyst will gradually fill up again after a few weeks or months which is normal," Yim said.

"She can have it drained as necessary each time or opt to have surgery to block it off completely which would require her to take couple months off."

It is unclear whether or not Ko's sore wrist affected her in last week's Canadian Open where she was the two-time defending champion.

Ko was far from her best and finished in a tie for 55th, shooting a final round six-over 78.

The Evian Championship is Ko's last chance to become the youngest winner of a golfing major. As an amateur, she was runner-up in the tournament last year.

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