Bring back the roars: The patrons return to the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Dustin Johnson didn’t feel like his Masters victory was less significant last fall because no fans were at Augusta National to see his win and celebrate with him. That said, he pays them the ultimate compliment: In his eyes, they make the Masters what it is. Welcome back, patrons. Welcome back, Masters in the springtime. Welcome back, all the things at Augusta National that bloom this time of year and provide the backdrop for perhaps the most picturesque locale in golf. There are new rules. Masks must be worn, social distancing policies apply and there’s no eating or drinking around the roped-off spots closest to the greens. But after a one-year pandemic-caused absence, fans are back at the Masters.