Arnold Palmer Hospitalized with Blood Pressure Issue

Tim KeeneyContributor IMarch 25, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: William Porter Payne, the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Jack Nicklaus and  Arnold Palmer, wait on the first tee prior to starting the first round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images for Golf Week)
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Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer was admitted into the hospital today because of an apparent blood pressure issue.

According to the PGA's official Twitter account, Palmer wasn't able to hand out the award to Tiger Woods, who won today's tournament.

Arnold Palmer didn't make the awards ceremony because he was had a blood pressure issue. He was taken to a hospital and will stay overnight.

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 25, 2012

After shooting a final round 70, Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by a margin of five shots. It ended a 30-month stretch without a PGA Tour victory for Woods.

The win was bittersweet, however. 

Palmer, 82, was unable to present Woods with the trophy like he has done during Woods' six other victories at the same tournament.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Palmer was taken to the hospital about 15 minutes before Woods made his tournament-winning putt. 

His blood pressure, which had fluctuated for most of the day possibly because of a change in medicine, was stabilized as soon as he was admitted. 

He will remain under observation at least through Monday.