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Augusta National removed The Eisenhower Tree on the 17th Hole due to damage from ice storm

The Eisenhower Tree, so much a part of Augusta National that not even a sitting U.S. president could have it taken down, was removed from the 17th hole this weekend because of damage from an ice storm, the club said Sunday.

"The loss of the Eisenhower Tree is difficult news to accept," club chairman Billy Payne said. "We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible."

With the Masters only two months away, Payne said there was no other significant damage to the course.

Halftime 95-Footer By First Timer nets him $15K toward new car

#AWESOME #Golf Putt: Halftime 95-Footer By First Timer nets him $15K toward new car http://goo.gl/UCjTdh

Joel Erickson explains that not only had Patrick Burch never been to a college basketball game when he got the chance to win $15,000 toward a new car by sinking a long putt. And he has never played golf either.

So of course he drained a 90-footer from baseline-to-baseline.

Faldo Tips: Practice (carefully) on the course.

Sir Nick Faldo suggests it wise to do some on-course practicing. Clearly you would not be doing this during your Sunday morning 4some but if you're out late in the day and have the course mostly to yourself, maybe give this a try. But remember, you can't post scores from your practice rounds!

Practice (carefully) on the course.

Top Stories Northern Trust Open: Final Round at Riviera Photos: Best shots from the Northern Trust Open Augusta ic

Bubba Watson

Two weeks after Watson made a pair of late bogeys in the Phoenix Open, he delivered the best closing round at Riviera in some three decades. Watson played the final 39 holes without a bogey and shot a 7-under 64 on Sunday to win the Northern Trust Open.

It was his first victory in 22 months and 41 tournaments worldwide dating to the 2012 Masters.

Raymond Floyd Named Ryder Cup Assistant

In a press conference at Riviera Country Club, Tom Watson announced Raymond Floyd as his second vice-captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

“Raymond brings a tremendous amount of experience,” Watson said. “I played for him in 1989 and chose him in 1993 to be my at-large pick. He performed admirably. You look in Raymond’s eyes, and you never see his eyes waver. They have a focus you like to see. No matter if he’s shooting 80 or 65. The way he played the game was that every shot counts.”

Interesting Tidbits of equipment news and changes from the AT&T ProAM

I've read Wall's column before. Some player equipment changes that were going on lead up to and during the AT&T.

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Former AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner Phil Mickelson made a mid-tournament putter change on Friday, swapping out his Odyssey Versa #9 (white-black-white) for a new Metal-X Milled Versa #9 HT.

Pinehurst #2 to be equal in both US Opens

PINEHURST, N.C. -- Pinehurst's No. 2 course will be set up the same way for both U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open this year.

U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis said Saturday that the par-70 course will play at about 7,500 yards for the men's and about 6,700 yards for the women.

"On a given hole, if the men are hitting drivers, we want to see the women hit drivers," he said during the USGA's annual meeting. "If the men are hitting 6- to 8-irons for approach shots, that's what we want to see the women do."

D.A. Points, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2011, has been disqualified.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- D.A. Points, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2011, has been disqualified.

While he was waiting to hit his drive on the 18th tee at Pebble Beach on Friday, Points took a green sponge ball out of his bag, put it under his arm and made several practice swings. Fans saw it, reported it to a rules official and Points was subsequently disqualified for being in violation of Rule 14-3.

Every minute of physical activity really does count, new study shows

BY MELISSA DAHL

A new study suggests something encouraging for busy people: Every minute of movement counts toward the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity we’re all supposed to be getting each week. University of Utah researchers found that each minute spent engaging in some kind of moderate to vigorous physical activity was associated with lower BMI and lower weight.

USGA to allow range finders in amateur events

Players competing in all USGA amateur events in 2014 will be allowed to use range finders. The decision, announced today by the USGA, follows a similar one made last month by the R&A, which permitted range finders in its amateur events.

The rule change applies only to amateur events, so we won’t be seeing any professionals using range finders during competitive play at the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open or Senior Open — at least not yet.

Here’s the official word from the USGA:

Adam's XTD irons play more like hybrids

Designed for a wide variety of players, the new XTD irons ($599) from Adams feature an extremely thin clubface and cut-thru slots for maximum deflection and higher ball speeds and distance. In order to make the irons play more like hybrids, a unique cross-cavity design was added to move the center of gravity (CG) deep into the clubhead for improved launch, forgiveness and stability at impact.

Stressful Round? Whistle while you .. golf.

I'm a whistler. Some people are, and others are not. I whistle throughout the day, whether its while I walk from office to office, or meeting to meeting. I whistle as I walk through the stores on Saturday doing my weekend errands. I also whistle on the golf course. Whistling, beyond the musical entertainment aspect, actually impacts the physical and emotional and mental characteristics of the whistler. Beyond being excellent exercise for the lungs, whistling reduces stress and tension and calms the mind.

Buy Adam Scott's house, and he'll throw in a round of golf..free!

He bought the Abu Dhabi house in 2008 before it was built, the plan being to use it as a home base while he was competing on the European Tour. He didn't end up spending any time in it, citing that as the reason why it's now on the market.

The house is 10,000 square feet, has a pool, and views of the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and nearby ocean. It's listed at a cool $6.2 million. And if that's the kind of investment you're looking to make right now, you're going to get more than the house: Scott said he'll play a round of golf with the buyer.