Ice storm claims Eisenhower Tree
AUGUSTA National's famed Eisenhower Tree, an iconic image at the Masters tournament, survived an attempt by the former United States president to have it chopped down, but could not survive a severe winter storm.
The loblolly pine, believed to be at least 100 years old, had to be removed from its position on the 17th fairway after being damaged in an ice storm that swept through the Masters venue in Augusta, Georgia, last week.
"The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult to accept," Augusta National and Masters chairman Billy Payne said on Sunday. "We have begun deliberations on the best way to address the future of the 17th hole and to pay tribute to this iconic symbol of our history."
The tree, which was about 20m tall, guarded the left side of the fairway at the par-four 17th and was strategically situated 210 yards from the tee.
It received its name because former US president and club member Dwight Eisenhower hit into the tree so often that he campaigned to have it removed but was turned down by the club.