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Another iconic tree is to be removed from golf course

The golf this season might have been some of the best in a very long time, but for the long-standing and iconic trees which sway on the fairways, things have been more than a little rough.

The removal of the Eisenhower Tree from the 17th hole at Augusta National nine months ago was greeted with sadness by the majority of players who frequented the course, and although there were some who may have rejoiced at the tree’s eventual demise at the hands of an ice storm this February, the green looks barren without it now.

And now officials at TPC Sawgrass confirmed in a tweet Thursday that the large tree overhanging the sixth tee on the Stadium Course will be removed due to poor health.

”It's a sad day at TPC Sawgrass, as we are losing one of the most recognizable trees on property, due to poor health,” read the tweet.

The tree stood out on the short par-4, creating one the most stark and visual frames for players on the tee during the Player’s Championship. And although it rarely came into play like the Eisenhower Tree had a tendency to do, some of the game’s best shot-hitters including PING’s Bubba Watson did opt to alter the trajectory of their tee shots to avoid making contact with the magnificent tree.