The tree is still in place but course officials have stepped up plans for its removal due to the threat of falling branches to golfers playing the par-5.
Plans are to replace the tree, possibly with another smaller pine located about 50 feet away. Due to the logistical difficulties, removal and replacement costs may run as high as $250,000.
Pitch canker disease also claimed two other pines on Pebble Beach's second hole. Those were replaced by Cypress trees.
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