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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The historic Eisenhower Tree overlooking the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club was irreparably damaged in last week's ice storm. The tree was removed over the weekend.

The storm damage caused the loss of most major branches of the tree, which forced its removal.

Augusta National and Masters Tournament chairman Billy Payne issued a statement Sunday, which said in part, "The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult to accept. We obtained opinions from the best arborists available, and unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible."

Payne went on to say that officials are working on the best way to address the course's 17th hole, and how to pay tribute to the iconic symbol the tree represented for the club and for the tournament itself.

The course received no other major damage and is now open for member play. Plans for the 2014 Masters Tournament will continue. The tournament kicks off the week of Mon., April 7.

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