Natural order restored as spectators return to Augusta National

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Natural order restored as spectators return to Augusta National

The first Major of the year sees a return to some form of normality as fans return to the fabled Augusta course

Andrew Both

The natural order was restored — kind of — as Masters week began under an azure April sky in front of appreciative spectators at Augusta National on Monday.

Five months after a unique November Masters that was staged with almost no spectators due to coronavirus concerns, a limited gallery of a few thousand has been allowed onto the hallowed grounds this week.

Perhaps about 7,000 fans were on hand, barely 15% of the crush normally allowed for practice rounds, but it made for an idyllic viewing experience for those lucky or well-connected enough to get through the gates...

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