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    Notes: No. 17 Harder Without Ike's Tree

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    Rickie Fowler hits from the pine straw on No. 17 during his third round. The hole played its most difficult since 2006, despite the absence of the Eisenhower Tree.

    The absence of the Eisenhower Tree, which was lost to an ice storm, didn’t make the par-4 17th any easier this week. The 440-yard hole played to a stroke average of 4.24, which tied for sixth most difficult on the course. That was the highest stroke average on No. 17 since 2006, when it played to a 4.285 average, the second hardest that week. The hardest hole this year was the 505-yard par-4 11th (4.48).  

    Scott Finishes in 14th: Defending champion Adam Scott shot even-par 72 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 14th place. The Australian pointed toward difficulty of the greens as the reason he didn’t carry through on the weekend.

    “It’s not been my best week with the putter,” Scott said. “My pace was off on the long putts. And when it gets on fire around here, you’re going to have a lot of long putts.”

    Same Time Next Year: The first 12 players and ties qualify for the 2015 Masters. That group includes champion Bubba Watson, Jonas Blixt, Jordan Spieth, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Bernhard Langer, Jimmy Walker, Rory McIlroy, John Senden, Kevin Stadler and Thomas Bjorn.

    Crenshaw to Play One More Year: Two-time Champion Ben Crenshaw announced that the 2015 Masters will likely be his final one as a competitor. His caddie, Carl Jackson, 67, was returning home to Little Rock, Ark., on Sunday and reacted to the news about the pending end of a player-caddie relationship that began in 1976.

    “We had talked about it,” Jackson said. “I was a little bit sad. But we had come to the realization that it’s time. As for my last one? I’ll take life day to day and see.”

    Father-Son Week Concludes: Kevin Stadler finished at even par (T8) after opening with a 2-under-par 70 in his rookie debut at Augusta National. He was not sure about whether his father, Craig, the 1982 Masters champion, would compete again next year.

    “I totally get it if he doesn’t want to,” Kevin Stadler said. “The golf course is too long, too tough for him anymore. But I still think he would plan on coming out, regardless, playing the Par 3 Contest and all that stuff.”

    The Stadlers were the first father-son duo to play in the same Masters.

    Final Pairing Produces Champion: After a sabbatical of three years, the winner of the Masters came from the final pairing again this year. The winner has come out of the last twosome 19 of the past 23 years. The non­-final pairing winners during that time span have included Zach Johnson (2007), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012) and Adam Scott (2013).

    Compiled by Masters.com staff

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    Crenshaw in 2014
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