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Golf Australia Express : April 2014
the masters NO BALL IN SIGHT Whether or not this one is true remains a hot debate, but Tommy Aaron maintained he once hit a shot into the tree at the Masters, couldn't find his ball and was forced to take a drop. The next day, while he walked the same stretch of fairway Aaron said the ball, which he identified as the same Pinnacle he'd used, fell out of the tree. Jack Nicklaus, however, wasn't convinced, saying, "I'm not sure I believe it". OTG YOU'VE BEEN PLAYED If there was one competitor who the Eisenhower Tree couldn't touch, it was Gary Player. Arnold Palmer remembers the tree doing everything it could to bring Player undone in 1962, but the champ stood toe to toe with the giant pine and came up trumps. Palmer led Player by by two shots with three holes to go that year before Palmer holed an almost impossible 65-foot birdie putt at the 16th. Then he became acquainted with ET. Not that it bothered him. "He went on and smashed the ball into the Eisenhower tree," Palmer recalled. "And it rattled in there, and it came down, and I carried it over the tree. I had a 9-iron on the green and he has a 5-iron to the green about 28 foot from the hole, and he holes that as well." Player and Palmer eventually wound up in an 18-hole playoff, which Palmer won. what the players say about it... JACK BUBBA POULTS GARY