Hitting a golf ball and putting have nothing in common. They’re two different games. You work all your life to perfect a repeating swing that will get you to the greens, and then you have to try to do something that is totally unrelated. BEN HOGAN
Here I was reserving an opinion on what to do with the fallen Eisenhower Tree at Augusta National, thinking we'd probably have the 2014 Masters to carefully consider the future of the 17th. After all, one of the top five architectural atrocities of all time has occurred on this hole, when Hootie Johnson and Tom Fazio littered the sides of the fairway with Christmas trees in one of the most heinous acts defying the legacy of Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie. Not to mention, plugging gaps that allowed the horrifying recovery shots of Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman in 1986.
Heaven forbid that would happen again!
The trees have remained and are beneath ANGC in ways that are hard to explain to those who can't fathom what Bobby Jones was all about.
Anyway, you all have spoken: replace Ike's tree, with 420 votes cast it's 58% to 42% in favor of a replacement and I'm pretty sure of the large variety.
As I write in a Local Knowledge post, what could have been going through my mind? This was a done deal the minute the specimen had to go: Augusta National almost assuredly had a plan to replace it.