• Arnold Palmer Invitational

Palmer taken to hospital with high blood pressure

ESPN staff
March 26, 2012
Arnold Palmer was in excellent spirits earlier in the week © Getty Images

Arnold Palmer could not hand over the trophy to Tiger Woods after being admitted to hospital, but his spokesman has claimed his absence was merely precautionary.

Woods ended his 30-month PGA Tour drought with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but the legendary figure was not on hand to greet the 14-time major winner. Shortly before the end of play Palmer was assessed by medical staff who found his blood pressure to be at a level where he needed to be seen by a doctor.

He was taken away to a local hospital, but his spokesman has insisted the move was precautionary on account of some issues with new medication.

"Nobody is overly concerned about the prognosis," Alaistair Johnston, vice chairman at IMG and Palmer's spokesman, said.

"He has been having his blood pressure checked, as he has had some issues with some new medicines. He was told to monitor his blood pressure. About 15 minutes prior to the end of play he had gone for a routine test, the blood pressure was at a level where the doctor involved said to go immediately for a more detailed assessment in hospital."

Palmer not being at the back of the 18th green surprised the players, as Graeme McDowell said: "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 okay. That really puts a little bit of a damper on the spirits on 18th green when Tiger is going to pick up his trophy."

Palmer's grandson Sam Saunders later posted a tweet, which read: "For all concerned my granddad is doing fine and will be good to go tomorrow. Thank you for all of your nice comments and concern."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.