By Stu White
April 06, 2014

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Count 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott amongst the people celebrating the recent removal of the famed Eisenhower Tree from the 17th fairway at Augusta National Golf Club.

Scott spoke Sunday about the change, saying the hold "looks good" sans the (in)famous loblolly pine. However, he admitted that the absence of the tree, though aesthetically pleasing, doesn't mean the hole is now a cakewalk:

"It’s still a narrow fairway, especially where the driver finishes,” said Scott, who arrived at Augusta Friday and played a practice round with his father. “It’s still a very demanding hole at the end of the round. We won’t know how it will play until we get the statistics, but it does look better off the tee, there is a little more room, but it’s still a very, very demanding hole.”

As we shared with you before, the tree, damaged during an ice storm this past February, was the nemesis of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who loathed it so much he actually campaigned to have it chopped down in 1956.

Our guess is golfers won't exactly be pining for the tree to be replaced.


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