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Arnold Palmer gets a pacemaker to correct abnormal heartbeat

Golf greats Jack Nicklaus, left, and Arnold Palmer stand together on the first tee as they served as ceremonial starters to begin play in the 2010 Masters golf tournament.

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Arnold Palmer has had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

According to his website, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released on Tuesday.

Golf Channel earlier this year produced a three-part documentary called "Arnie," which was broadcast the week after the Masters in April. The seven-time major champion remains one of the most endearing figures in golf.

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Palmer turns 85 on Sept. 10.

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