He was taken to the hospital to treat his high blood pressure, unable to participate in the awards ceremony.
Palmer had been adjusting to a new blood-pressure medication. He was held overnight at the hospital as a precaution.
“I was sort of a little incapacitated at that point, so I didn’t see all of the shots,” Palmer said Wednesday during his annual tournament news conference. “I saw a couple of them, but I was getting my blood pressure taken, and all of that stuff.
“So I really missed a lot of shots that (Woods) played.”
Woods will be looking to win his eighth Arnold Palmer Invitational title this week. Palmer wouldn’t be surprised if Woods continues his domination of the event.
“He played well here from the first time he came here,” Palmer said. “He won the Junior here, and he played very well on the golf course. What I would suggest is that the golf course is not overly long, but it’s consistently long. And it suits his game from the standpoint of if he can drive it in the right position, most of the time the shots into the greens will give him that opportunity.
“From what I’ve watched of him over the years here, it seems to work pretty well.”
Palmer said he was surprised that Tiger’s main competition -- star Rory McIIroy -- is not playing at Bay Hill.
“I sort of threw a casual fun at him. It was meant to be funny,” Palmer said. “I was kind of kidding when somebody said, ‘Is he playing?’ And I said, well, ‘If he doesn’t, I’m going to break his arm.’ But it was meant in jest, and it was strictly a passing remark.
“Frankly, I thought he was going to play, and I’m surprised as a lot of people when he decided he was not going to play.”