30 Oct '14, 4pm

A well-known tree at TPC Sawgrass has succumbed to old age, disease.

A well-known tree at TPC Sawgrass has succumbed to old age, disease.

Els had an animated discussion with a TOUR official about the tree after the incident two years ago. Davis Love III would also ask Finchem every year before THE PLAYERS Championship if the tree had been removed. “It’s been one of the major topics of discussion during practice rounds,” Love said. “It’s a scary shot. You play with a high ball hitter and wonder how he’s going to get under it. It was borderline whether it was fair for guys who launch it high. You don’t want someone hitting a trick shot off the tee.” Or hitting it at all, something that happened more than a few times, particularly when the tee was pushed all the way back. Though not the most famous tree in golf -- that honor arguably belonged to the now deceased Eisenhower tree at Augusta National -- the grand old oak was memorable and in its own way iconic. When Pete Dye designed the Stadium Course, he used it...

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