Arnie has pacemaker implanted

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

The surgery was needed to correct an abnormal heartbeat, according to Cori Britt, vice president of Arnold Palmer Enterprises. Palmer remained in the hospital overnight for observation.

“You know Mr. Palmer,” Britt said. “He’s anxious to get out of the hospital because he’s feeling good enough.

“It should be a quick recovery. 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.”

Britt said Palmer felt something unusual over the weekend and called his doctor.

Palmer, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame who has 62 PGA Tour victories to rank fifth all-time, will turn 85 on Sept. 10.

Britt called the pacemaker insertion “a real simple procedure.”

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