B decision to make,” said MasterCard official
“It puts a lot of things to rest for the next
couple of years,”
In his early week state of the tournament press
conference, Palmer addressed several issues.
On long putters: “I don’t think there’s ever
been a club made that I know of that hasn’t been
in my bag. But I’m not fond of the long put-
ter. There shouldn’t be a place in the game for
anchoring the putter. But would I use it if it helped
my game? I might.”
On the absence of Nos. 1 and 2 in the world
respectively: “I’m not happy that those two fel-
lows aren’t playing here. Maybe we can entice
them to come in the future.”
(Palmer said he received a letter from McIl-
roy requesting an audience with Palmer at Bay
Hill some time in the future. He said he wasn’t
sure what McIlroy wanted to talk about but said
McIlroy assured him in the letter he planned to
play in Palmer’s event in subsequent years.)
On the failure of so many players to hold
Sunday leads this year on Tour: “You have to
have a system.”
ORLANDO, FLORIDA |
The only thing
missing from the award ceremony for
Tiger Woods’ victory Sunday in the Arnold
Palmer Invitational was the host. By the
time Woods finished putting out on the
18th hole, Palmer, 82, had been taken to
a local hospital for what an official called
a blood pressure problem.
Palmer had been monitored all week
for high blood pressure and did not par-
ticipate in the tournament’s pro-am on
Wednesday. Just before Woods put the lid
on his first victory since 2009, Palmer’s
blood pressure elevated to a point that the
attending physician who had been testing
Palmer was overly concerned and insisted
that Palmer be checked at a hospital.
He was taken to Dr. Phillips Sand Lake
Hospital in Orlando, according to Alastair
Johnston, chief operating officer of Ar-
nold Palmer Enterprises. Johnston said
that Palmer’s daughter, Amy Saunders,
was with him and that the high blood
pressure seemed to be abating.
“Nobody is overly concerned about the
prognosis,” said Johnston, who added
that Palmer would be kept overnight for
Sometimes it’s difficult not to think about
how the gruff
might have reacted to
some of the things today’s young Tour pros say.
Like this one from
cally, my game is improving.”
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