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Arnold Palmer released from hospital

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)

Golfing great Arnold Palmer was resting at his Florida home Monday after being hospitalized overnight due to high blood pressure.

The 82-year-old golf legend was released midday from Dr. Phillips Hospital in Orlando and returned to his home behind the Bay Hill Club & Lodge golf resort, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"They did a few tests this morning, and he got home around noon," Palmer's longtime assistant Doc Giffin told the paper.

"Other than being tired, he seems to be fine. The doctors told him to slow down — as much as possible."

Palmer had not been feeling well Sunday, leading physicians to test his blood pressure at the Bay Hill course, where the Arnold Palmer Invitational was in its final round. About 15 minutes before play ended, doctors advised Palmer that the levels were high enough that he should go to the hospital.

The trip meant the seven-time major champion was not on hand to congratulate Tiger Woods for his drought-breaking victory at the PGA Tour event.

Arnold Palmer Enterprises chief operating officer Alastair Johnston said Sunday that Palmer's blood pressure had fluctuated throughout the day, possibly due to a change in medication.

Johnston said Palmer's blood pressure stabilized after he was admitted to the hospital.

Woods, who won by five strokes to claim his first PGA Tour victory in 30 months, was notified as he walked off the 18th green that Palmer would not be present to give his customary handshake to the champion.

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