Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy attract big following for Masters practice round - in pictures

'Patrons' return to Augusta National for the first golf major of the season

Among the many wonderful visuals associated with Augusta National Golf Club during the week of the US Masters – the picture perfect course, the signature azaleas, the world class golfers – it is the presence of fans that will be the most welcome sight this year.

The 2020 Masters, rescheduled for November in response to the pandemic, was held behind closed doors, so Dustin Johnson's masterclass could only be viewed from a distance.

But supporters – or "patrons" as they are known at the Masters – were out in force during Monday's practice rounds as many of the competitors took the chance to familiarise themselves with one of the world's most famous tracks.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, and in the absence of Tiger Woods, it was defending champion Johnson and playing partner Rory McIlroy who generated the biggest following around Augusta National on Monday.

Other players out on the course for practice rounds included four-time major winner Brooks Koepka, who is set to play his first tournament since knee surgery three weeks ago.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Race to Dubai holder Lee Westwood, and two-time Abu Dhabi winner Tommy Fleetwood also took part in practice rounds on Monday.

For some of the best photos from the practice rounds at Augusta National, check out the photo gallery above. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows or if using a mobile device simply swipe.