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Mother Nature covered beautiful Augusta National in cold, heartless ice

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Why, whenever we inch a little closer to the Masters, must Mother Nature step in to remind us that it's still winter?

The cold front that's sweeping across the Southeastern United States looked to cover Augusta National in ice on Wednesday and Thursday, downing branches and even the course's legendary sign, all less than two months before the year's first major.

Below are the gruesome pictures, if you can bear to look:

Related: Who says you can't play golf in New York City during a blizzard?

This isn't the only time Augusta National has been subjected to Mother Nature's cruelty. Here was the scene after a storm just a few weeks ago on January 29, 2014:

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