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Augusta Tree

The Masters will always be the Masters, but the 2014 edition will look decidedly different from every year previous.

Over the weekend, the grounds crew at Augusta National Golf Club removed the Eisenhower Tree, a loblolly pine estimated to be between 100 and 125 years old, after it was damaged during an ice storm that held Georgia in its grip for several days.

The 65-foot high tree was located 210 yards from the tee box on the 17th hole.

It got its name because of former US President Dwight Eisenhower, a club member for 21 years.

Eisenhower was said to have hit the tree so many times while playing that he lobbied to have it removed, but was overruled by the club leadership.

The Masters, traditionally the first Major tournament of the season, begins on April 10.

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