Masters notebook for April 8

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers The view on hole 17 at Augusta National has changed with the Eisenhower Tree no longer around.


AUGUSTA ­— After Monday’s washout the weather for Tuesday’s practice round was welcomed at Augusta National Golf Club.

With the day being patron’s first glance at many of the world’s top golfers, including Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlory, Ricky Fowler and Vijay Singh, among others, there were many groups that drew quite the crowd. With the laid back atmosphere there were many laughs, cheers and jeers to be had. Particularly at hole 16, where the golfers took riskier shots than they would if they were playing for keeps.

The view from 17

The iconic Eisenhower Tree is gone and makes for a much different view at the 17th-hole.

There’s no doubt that driving will be much easier now. Some golfers have gone on the record as saying that the tree had no affect on their approach, which includes Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters winner. Curtis Strange compared it to George Brett at third base, saying it caught more than its fair share of line drives.

Either way, it is noticeable that something is missing. It remains to be seen how the scores will change for the hole.

First round preview

The tee time highlights will include:

— Defending champion, and No. 2 player in the world, Adam Scott at 10:41 a.m.

— Former Augusta State standout Patrick Reed and McIlroy at 10:52 a.m.

— No. 3 player in the world Henrik Stenson at 1:04 p.m.

— Mickelson at 1:48 p.m.

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers

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