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.”