Arnold Palmer undergoes pacemaker implant

Arnold Palmer had successful pacemaker implant surgery Monday in Pittsburgh, according to his website.
Arnold Palmer had successful pacemaker implant surgery Monday in Pittsburgh, according to his website. ( Getty Images )

Monday, August 18, 2014

Arnold Palmer underwent surgery to install a pacemaker Monday morning at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The surgery, to correct an abnormal heartbeat, was deemed successful, according to Cori Britt, vice president of Arnold Palmer Enterprises. Palmer was expected to remain in the hospital overnight for observation and be released Tuesday.

Palmer, a World Golf Hall of Fame member whose 62 PGA Tour victories ranks fifth all-time, will turn 85 on Sept. 10. He underwent prostate-cancer surgery in 1997. Two years ago, he was hospitalized overnight during the final round of his Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., to treat high blood pressure.

Britt called the pacemaker insertion "a real simple procedure."

"You know Mr. Palmer," Britt said. "He’s anxious to get out of the hospital because he’s feeling good enough. He hopes to be home tomorrow."

Britt said that Palmer felt something unusual over the weekend and called his doctor. Palmer, a native of Latrobe, Pa., spends much of his summers up north. He also has a home in Orlando.

"It should be a quick recovery," Britt said. "He likely will be limited to swinging the club for a little while, but he hasn’t been doing a lot of that of late anyhow."

– Adam Schupak and Brentley Romine contributed.