How Many Fans Attend The Masters?

Patrons returned in limited numbers in 2021, but how many usually line the fairways at The Masters?

How many fans attend the Masters?
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After hosting a fan-less Masters in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was welcome news when Fred Ridley, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, announced there would be a limited number of spectators in attendance for the 2021 edition.

Although there were no grandstands in place, patrons once again lined the fairways and greens, adding a smattering of applause to the sound of birds and crunching drives that echoed through the trees as Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese Masters champion.

Approximate numbers had last year's attendance in the region of 12,000 per day, down from the levels usually seen during a 'normal' tournament. That was based on the 6,000 parking spaces - 3,000 for fans and 3,000 for workers - the city of Augusta is expecting to need.

Whether right or wrong, the lucky ticket recipients were rumoured to be mainly players' families, workers, those who are cosy with the members, and the big corporate sponsors. Whatever the case, they were a welcome addition, having been sorely missed during Dustin Johnson's eerie November 2020 Green Jacket triumph.

Speaking in the immediate aftermath of his victory, Johnson admitted the lack of noise might have worked in his favour, saying: "I like the patrons. I think they bring a lot of excitement and a lot of... they make the Masters, really. 

"But if I had to say one way or the other, it probably made it a little easier to get it done today without having all the fans or however many thousand that are usually here."

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So, how many fans (patrons) are usually in attendance for the first men's major of the year? Well, true to form, the Masters doesn't actually share its attendance figures for the event. 

However, it is believed that around 40,000 eager spectators pass through the gates from Thursday to Sunday, with many arriving at the crack of dawn to secure a vantage point for the day. 

Incidentally, more fans typically attend the practice days from Monday to Wednesday of tournament week, with as many as 50,000 out in force to watch the world's best go through their meticulous preparation. 

Andrew Wright
Andrew Wright

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

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