Oklahoma professional golfer Doug Tewell is recovering from heart surgery performed Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Tewell, 67, who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame in October, had two stints put in to open valve blockages and said today that he is feeling much better and recovering nicely.
Tewell said doctors told him he definitely suffered a recent heart attack and he believes it was while returning from Dallas to Edmond after watching his grandson Carson play in an AJGA event.
“I just felt really tired and out of breath,” Tewell said. “I didn’t feel like I could drive.”
Tewell did not see a physician, however, until he went to Scottsdale to close down his winter home for the season. After he went in for tests, they confirmed he needed heart surgery.
“It was interesting,” Tewell said. “They went in through my right wrist and up to the heart to put in the stints. It’s incredible what they can do now.”
Tewell had been planning to play in the Bass Pro Legends of Golf this weekend in Branson, but withdrew. The first day’s play today was wiped out due to heavy rains.
Tewell won four PGA Tour events and had 60 Top-10 finishes, then recorded eight victories including two majors on the Champions Tour.