It hasn't been a good year for iconic golf trees.
Back in February, Augusta National lost the famous Eisenhower Tree just to the left of the 17th fairway in an ice storm.
In October, TPC Sawgrass lost its most famous tree -- a live oak by the sixth tee.
On Thursday, strong winds toppled one of the two cypress trees in the fairway landing area on Pebble Beach's 18th hole.
GolfDigest.com writer John Strege got details from Ron Read, a long-time USGA official who lives in the area:
"I was standing on the 18th tee and conservatively the wind was blowing at least 40 miles an hour," Read told Strege.
Strege wrote that, "Read said he returned to the tee later in the morning and took a picture looking down the fairway and did not notice the downed tree until examining the photo later."
"I was just talking to Robert Trent Jones [Jr.] and said this reminds of 1967," Read said. "I was a marshal on the sixth green at Pebble Beach [for the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am]. This was very similar to that. I remember Jack Nicklaus said he hit a 3-iron on the seventh hole. That’s what it reminded me of."
The two cypress trees -- now down to one -- were planted there in 2004 to replace two diseased pine trees, according to Strege's report.