Chairman Billy Payne visited the media center for his annual State of the Masters press conference and talked about the club's plans for replacing the befallen loblollly. I summed up the Ike's Tree component here for GolfDigest.com
I did find it surprising that in answer to my question about suggestions he has received from armchair architect golfers, Mr. Payne said that no one has said anything to him.
Q. Golfers are notorious armchair architects. I'm wondering if you've received many suggestions for what to do with the Eisenhower Tree and maybe what was the most interesting that you have received.
CHAIRMAN PAYNE: I have not. I have read a lot that y'all have written about the subject and quotes from other players, but nobody's made a direct suggestion to me about it.
Alex Miceli wrote about the press conference and the continued afterglow of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.
Bob Harig covered Payne's answers related to possible walking rules officials in the wake of last year's Tiger drop mess.