Palmer released after brief hospital stay
Monday, March 26, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. – Arnold Palmer was released from a local hospital Monday, according to the Facebook page of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, less than 24 hours after he was treated for high blood pressure relating to a new medicine that he had been prescribed.
The health concern surfaced late Sunday afternoon, prompting Palmer to miss the trophy presentation at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, where Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Earlier Monday, Palmer reportedly was "in good spirits and doing fine," said Doc Giffin, Palmer's longtime assistant.
"Everything seems to be fine," Giffin said. "His blood pressure is under control. He's in good spirits and doing fine."
Palmer, 82, had been experiencing bouts of high blood pressure and did not play in the Wednesday pro-am at Bay Hill. Just 15 minutes before Woods sealed a dramatic victory Sunday, Palmer left the property and was admitted to nearby Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
Alastair Johnston, the chief operating officer of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, said in a hastily arranged news conference minutes after the tournament that the outlook was very good for the World Golf Hall of Fame player.
"Nobody is overly concerned about the prognosis," Johnston said.
Palmer was conspicuously absent behind the 18th green as Woods, a seven-time winner of the tournament, snapped his 30-month winless streak.
"Get well soon, Arnie," Woods wrote at the end of a tweet.
Palmer underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1997. He has been remarkably active in his senior years and served as the ambassador for his eponymous annual tournament on the PGA Tour's Florida Swing.
Palmer's 62 PGA Tour victories rank fifth all-time and include seven major championships.
– Sean Martin, Jeff Rude and the Associated Press contributed to this report