But that dream was dashed after Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley announced that the tournament will take now place without "patrons or guests" on the grounds.
Georgia has experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases this summer and reported 137 deaths on Tuesday, a record for the state.
In a memo sent to club employees and obtained by ESPN, Ridley said: "A Masters without the many guests we welcome from around the world may be hard to imagine". An opportunity to buy merchandise will also be provided.
"As we have considered the issues facing us, the health and safety of everyone associated with the Masters always has been our first and most important priority".
If anyone could have pulled off allowing spectators in this climate, it would have been Augusta National, which has the financial resources to conduct COVID-19 testing and the means to limit spectators on what is a massive piece of property. The Open Championship is the only one of the four majors to have been postponed until next year.
There will be no roaring crowds at the Masters this year. There's an entertainment value in our product, in our game, in our sport that's vast, and it's fun knowing there's energy out there.
The PGA Tour resumed play in June after a weeks-long shutdown.
The PGA Championship was played behind closed doors last week at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, where fans were denied the chance to witness a thrilling final day at close quarters as Collin Morikawa claimed a two-shot win in only his second major appearance. The Open canceled its 2020 tournament. It is unclear whether any events before the end of the year will have paying customers.
"Even in the current circumstances, staging the Masters without patrons is deeply disappointing", Ridley continued.