David Graham, the 1994 International captain, was among the dignitaries who attended this month’s Presidents Cup in Ohio. Four days later when he returned home to Dallas the two-time major winner underwent heart surgery to place a new pacemaker and a cutting edge defibrillator into his chest.
“I knew I was in trouble. I found out about it two days before I left for the Presidents Cup and the doctor told me it would be OK if I went for a couple of days,” Graham said on Friday from his home in Dallas. “I wanted to go to Muirfield Village. I am a member there and I have been a friend of (Jack) Nicklaus’ for years and years.”
On Oct. 7, Graham had the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) attached to his heart at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital.
“This could be a lifesaving device,” the 67-year-old said.
Graham, who had a pacemaker implanted in his chest about 10 months ago, recently moved from Montana to the Dallas area and decided to switch to a local cardiologist. During an initial stress test doctors determined he needed the ICD and new pacemaker.
“I had been walking and playing. I had been feeling really good. It really surprised me the diagnoses,” Graham said.
Graham said he is starting to feel better and is slowly regaining his energy and hopes to start playing golf again in about a month, although he was unable to attend his own induction ceremony into the Texas Hall of Fame on Monday.
“It was really nice. They called me about a month ago and told me. It was a great honor,” Graham said.