Eisenhower Tree Gone from Augusta National

Augusta, GA (WLTX) - There are many iconic spots at Augusta National that the patrons seek out each and every year, from Magnolia Lane to Hogan's Bridge, all rich in history at this famed course.

But one of those landmarks, the Eisenhower Tree, is no longer there, having been destroyed by February's ice storm.

The tree was more than 100 years old and was a staple on fairway number 17 since the course opened in 1933. Golfers had to hit around the huge pine, often times unsuccessfully.

It even humbled and befuddled the man who planned the Allied Invasion on D-Day and led the free world for eight years.

"I've read the story of President [Dwight] Eisenhower taking it out because it was always in his way, and that they had chosen not to do that,' said one person enjoying the golf course Monday.

He's right. Eisenhower was a longtime member of the club, and kept hitting the tree when he'd play a round. In 1956, while still president, he suggested at the Augusta National governor's meeting that the tree be cut down. The proposal was rejected.

Ike likely would be glad to see his old nemesis gone, but so are some PGA pros, including one legend.

"It's great for me because that tree was right in my way," said two-time Masters champion Tom Watson. "The long-hitting kids, they just blew it right over the tree."

With the tree now gone, Augusta National says they're going to take their time in deciding the best way to address play on the 17th hole.


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