Home > Sport > Golf
Thursday April 10, 2014 MYT 2:32:34 AM
Thursday April 10, 2014 MYT 2:34:05 AM
by julian linden
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Tiger Woods is not the only icon missing from this year's Masters.
Augusta National's famed Eisenhower Tree, which stood for years on the 17th fairway, was removed after being damaged by an ice storm in February.
The loblolly pine got its name because former U.S. president and club member Dwight Eisenhower hit into the tree so often he campaigned to have it chopped down.
Augusta National officials were so distraught when they realised the tree could not be saved that they issued an obituary.
At a course where every tiniest detail is taken care of, from the perfectly manicured fairways and greens, the ponds and streams and azaleas, the loss of the tree is no trivial matter.
Yet the members are still not sure whether they will replace it.
"We do not yet have a definitive plan as to what, if anything, we will do to the 17th hole beyond this year's tournament," Masters chairman Billy Payne told a news conference on Wednesday.
"We are closely examining play and scoring on the hole this week, and will make a decision after careful observation and consideration."
While the Eisenhower Tree was the biggest casualty of this year's storms, dozens of other trees were damaged, leaving some parts of the course looking a little barer than usual.
"Thankfully, the ice damage was essentially limited to our trees and required a Herculean effort to trim and remove branches and significant debris. Thankfully the course itself, was not damaged," said Payne.
"There are some areas that will over this summer, as soon as this summer, have some significant, immediate planning.
"Others that will take longer, either because we're going to wait and see, or we can't find specimens large enough to really make the difference. But we still think it's beautiful."
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
Augusta National removes iconic Eisenhower Tree
Stunning Senden show lights up Augusta National
Frustrated Woods says 'too soon' to make call on Masters
First-round leader Haas slips down leaderboard
'Big Three' still competitive in starting Masters
Arjun returns to winner’s circle in Dubai Open
Scott misses out on home title after putter fails him
Chalmers wins Australian PGA after seven-hole playoff
Thai golf star Thongchai will feature in Malaysian Open
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Broadband on demand: Better Internet connectivity options
China says officials should learn minority languages
Remembering Tsunami 2004: Phuket bounces back from disaster
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)