Posted February 19, 2014

Jack Nicklaus Had Other Names for Augusta National’s Eisenhower Tree

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he Eisenhower Tree on the 17th fairway at Augusta National Golf Club (Getty Images).

The Eisenhower Tree on the 17th fairway at Augusta National Golf Club (Getty Images).

Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record six green jackets, paid tribute to Augusta National’s Eisenhower Tree, which had to be removed after an ice storm last week, but he also admitted that the tree had given him a lot of trouble over the years, according to the Independent (UK).

“The Eisenhower Tree is such an iconic fixture and symbol of tradition at Augusta National. It was such an integral part of the game and one that will be sorely missed.

“Over the years, it’s come into play many, many times on the 17th hole. When I stood on the 17th tee, my first thought, always, was to stay away from Ike’s Tree. Period

“I hit it so many times over the years that I don’t care to comment on the names I called myself and the names I might have called the tree. ‘Ike’s Tree’ was a kind choice.

“But looking back, Ike’s Tree will be greatly missed.”

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4 comments
kelprod1
kelprod1

No worries...Augusta will have that thing replaced in no time. Those members get whatever they want in life, and this thing is just a tree.

Robert Zodda
Robert Zodda

I've seen this tree up close, it was so big I can't figure out how one could ever get around it off the tee! It will be strange not to see it in April!

Dave Epelone
Dave Epelone

Make a set of golf clubs out of the wood, auction them off to the highest bidder, and use the money to construct an exact plywood/styrofoam replica of the tree.

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

Too bad the tree wasn't something a little harder like Hickory.  I doubt if pine sticks are very usable.

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