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Regional daily beats late deadline with local boy’s Masters win

A regional daily beat a late deadline to publish a photograph of a golfing hero from its patch wearing one of sport’s most famous prizes.

The Star, Sheffield, splashed this morning with a picture of local boy Danny Willett donning the green jacket after his surprise win in last night’s US Masters.

Editorial staff at the newspaper had negotiated a later than usual 1am deadline in order to get the photo on its front page for today’s edition after Willett, whose father is a local vicar, became the first European since 1999 to win the tournament.

Chris Holt led the coverage of last night’s final round for The Star’s sports team, with help from acting night editor Alex Evans.

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Sports reporter Liam Hoden kept the newspaper’s online audience up to speed with developments as they happened into the early hours of this morning.

Today also marks the first day in the editor’s chair for Nancy Fielder, whose appointment was announced a fortnight ago.

Paying tribute to her team, she told HTFP: “I am so proud of our sports team for the fantastic job they have done both online and in print – beating much of the coverage in the nationals.

“Today’s front page was perfect – what a great day to start as editor.

“Sport and news have been working together to provide coverage from every angle for tomorrow’s paper, as well as making sure we have everything covered online.

“It is great to see another Sheffield sporting hero in the international spotlight.”


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  • April 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    To use a golfing term it is a bit of a ‘gimme’ but nevertheless a job well done.

    However, I suspect the team didn’t see his triumph coming as readers are expected to turn to pages 30 and 48 for coverage!

    Still Danny champion of the world is a nice story.

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  • April 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Yes, you can argue that it was a no-brainer in terms of splashing the story, but fair play to the editor for making the decision to hold fire on publishing. I was watching the final day’s play on the telly and at 11.30pm, when Danny completed his final round, Speith still had 3 holes to play and could have made up the 2 shots he was behind at that stage to force a play-off. I’m sure there would have been pressure to start the presses at the normal time, as any delay presumably costs money, so plaudits are due in that regard. And no, I don’t and never have worked, for the Sheffield Star.

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  • April 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Don’t knock it.
    In these right first time, couldn’t care less about the quality days it’s good to see a throwback to something like proper journalism for a change.

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