Winter storm downs cypress tree at Pebble Beach

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A bad year for golf-related trees continues.

An unusually strong winter storm rolled through northern California this week, and it affected one of the most picturesque courses in the country: Pebble Beach Golf Links, where one of the cypress trees lining the 18th fairway was toppled by high winds.

 

 

The tree was planted in 2004 near the landing area that most players target off the tee. According to a Golf Digest report, the expectations of further storms mean that the tree will not be replaced until after the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which will end Feb. 15.

This is just the latest in a series of golf-tree casualties in 2014. The Eisenhower Tree at Augusta National was damaged by an ice storm and ultimately removed in February, while the tree across the sixth tee at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course was removed in October because of "poor health."