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Augusta National loses Eisenhower Tree to icy winter

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods hits out from the pine straw underneat the Eisenhower Tree at Augusta National. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods hits out from the pine straw underneat the Eisenhower Tree at Augusta. (Getty Images)

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There are a number of famous landmarks at Augusta National but Eisenhower's tree in the middle of the 17th fairway is right at the top.

Or I guess I should say was at at the top.

According to Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle the recent ice storms that hit Augusta have damaged the tree beyond repair and the club will proceed with removing it.

"The loss of the Eisen­hower Tree is difficult news to accept," said Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne. "We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible."

"We have begun deliberations of the best way to address the future of the 17th hole and to pay tribute to this iconic symbol of our history – rest assured, we will do both appropriately," Payne said.

Michaux also reiterated the great story about how the tree originally got its name.

"Eisenhower was a club member from 1948 until his death in 69 and reportedly hit into the tree so often that he campaigned to have it removed. At the club's 1956 governors meeting, the sitting president proposed cutting it down only to have Augusta National founding chairman Clifford Roberts promptly rule him out of order and adjourn the meeting. The pine has been known as Eisenhower's Tree ever since."

A huge bummer for the Masters and the crew that's been in clean-up mode for the last few days.

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