Arnold Palmer was hospitalized Sunday afternoon because of high blood pressure from new medication, missing the trophy presentation at his tournament when Tiger Woods won for the first time in 30 months on the PGA Tour.
Traditionally the 82-year-old Palmer greets the winner of the Arnie hosted Bay Hill golf tournament as they walk of the 18th green on Sunday. But as Tiger Woods wrapped up his first win in 2 and a half years, the winning greeting was noticeably absent, which was just moments after Palmer had added some commentary to the television broadcast of the tournament.
But due to some new medication Plamer had been taking, his blood pressure spiked, and it was advised he make a visit to the hospital to get it under control before the end of the tournament.
Even Tiger and playing partner Graeme McDowell had pondered, before being told, were Plamer was when they walked off the course.
“I was surprised to see him not around, and when we just heard the news on the side that he had been taken to the hospital, of course we were very upset and certainly praying that everything is going to be OK,” said McDowell, “That really puts a little bit of a damper on the spirits on 18th green when Tiger is going to pick up his trophy.”
“I know he puts his heart and soul into this event,” Woods said.
Scott Wellington, director of the tournament relayed a message from Plamers daughter Amy Saunders on Monday to the media by saying, “He’s fine. He’s going through tests right now.”
“Heading home now and I can’t stop smiling. Thanks to Otown fans and everyone watching for all the love. Get well soon, Arnie,” Tiger tweeted after winning.