Hal Sutton has mild heart attack at Champions Tour event

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Hal Sutton withdrew from the ACE Group Classic after feeling pressure in his chest and having a shortness of breath on Friday, and had a stent put in his heart.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014 | 1:15 a.m.
Hal Sutton suffered a mild heart attack on Friday after withdrawing from the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla.
 
"I had blockage in my heart, so yeah, it was a heart attack," Sutton, the 1983 PGA Championship winner, told The Naples Daily News from NCH Downtown Naples hospital on Saturday. ''They put a stent in and I'm fine now.''
 
The 55-year-old Sutton, who owns 14 PGA Tour titles was also served as the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, felt pressure in his chest and a shortness of breath as he played his first round Friday morning. The discomfort felt like indigestion and he also felt lightheaded, he told the newspaper. After going 5 over through eight holes, he decided to stop.
 
''I just said, 'Something's wrong. I don't know what it is,''' he explained.
 
Sutton told the newspaper that he expects to be discharged on Sunday. And while he was disappointed to have to withdraw, he stressed that "I'm a whole lot happier that I got this problem fixed. This could have been much worse.''
 
Coincidentally, this wasn't Sutton's first experience with the Naples medical community. He's had both of his hips replaced in the last couple years – and both operations took place in Naples.