AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta National chairman Billy Payne was asked about the magnolia tree that was destroyed during Tuesday morning’s storms.

The tree was one of 61 that lined famed Magnolia Lane and was removed by the time most competitors and patrons arrived.

“One-hundred-and-fifty-year-old magnolias are in short supply for transporting,” Payne said. “We were all very much saddened by that.”