Update 5:46 p.m. Play has been suspended for the rest of the day at Augusta National.
#themasters pic.twitter.com/QI16LEw3hQ— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 7, 2023
Update 5:45 p.m. Here is a better pic of the tree.
This angle from our @benwalton_gd shows that third damaged tree ... craziness pic.twitter.com/X1IWmJETei— Stephen Hennessey (@S_HennesseyGD) April 7, 2023
We knew storms were coming to the 2023 Masters, but how destructive they’d be surprised both the players and patrons, as a tree fell on near the 17th tee just before play was suspended for weather.
A tree falls, and with many around to hear it, it makes a sound: pic.twitter.com/snenJvTzyT— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) April 7, 2023
Fortunately no one was hurt or injured, and the course has since been cleared of both the gallery and competitors as they await the storm to pass.
We’re not sure if the tree is now a “loose impediment” or a “movable object” under the Rules of Golf, but yes it can indeed be cleared. And we’d bet the incredible groundskeeping staff at Augusta National Golf Club will have it out of the way for those playing the challenging and uphill 17th hole by the time play resumes.
This could have been a much bigger disaster, and it’s wild that a course filled with trees that have been around for generations (even to the annoyance of US Presidents) could have these issues during their biggest week of the year with patrons everywhere.