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Danny Willett doesn't appear on as many front pages as you might expect given the scale of his achievement, but the new Masters champion certainly gets plenty of plaudits inside Tuesday's papers.

He "became a national hero and melted hearts as he won the Masters just days after becoming a dad", the Daily Mirror's leader column says, full of admiration for the 28-year-old Englishman.

"The hyperactive vicar's son," as the Daily Star describes him, "is now a certainty to make his Ryder Cup debut for Europe this year and highly likely to represent Britain at the Olympics when the sport returns to the Games in Rio".

The victory is no fluke either, insists Kevin Garside, writing in the i: "Willett is as driven as he is talented, an iron-willed Yorkshireman who does not blink in the white heat of competition."

He relays one particular anecdote from the golfer's agent, Andrew "Chubby" Chandler, who remembers: "I said to him, 'I think this win gets you up to No 11 in the world.' He said to me, 'Just another 10 places to go then.'"

'You are mortal'

So what next for golf's new superstar?

"Willett is known as one of the more approachable and personable players on the tour whose two best friends are both caddies," says the Daily Express's Dominic Midgley. But this "down-to earth life... could all be about to change".

"Those who know Willett best, however, say we shouldn't expect to see him strutting the fairways in flashy clothes, much less pressing the self-destruct button like some other sporting celebrities," writes David Jones, in the Daily Mail.

And what of his vanquished foe, American Jordan Spieth, whose implosion on the 12th hole opened the door to Willett?

The prize for the most eloquent take on his experience must go to Matthew Engel, in the Financial Times, who writes: "Roman emperors returning in triumph used to have a slave whispering in their ear: 'Remember you are mortal.'

"Golfers do not need reminding. The game does the job for them, especially on the back nine at Augusta."

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Image caption Mirren and Moss: Pictures of Helen and Kate appear in many of Tuesday's newspapers

Politics of aspiration

From triumph to tribulation, and David Cameron again finds himself in the spotlight over the ongoing tax row after his appearance in the Commons on Monday.

"It has been a difficult Easter recess for the prime minister as the three statements lined up yesterday afternoon showed," writes Patrick Kidd, in the Times sketch. "One on his tax affairs, one on the collapse of British steel, one on spending public money on pro-EU propaganda."

When he addressed MPs on Monday, "he cast himself as the truthful son of an honourable tax planning father," says the Guardian's leader. "But he will find it harder to shake off the sense that he embodies a privileged class who benefit most from offshore tax regimes."

In some papers, the minutiae of politicians' tax returns play second fiddle to a wider debate about aspiration, wealth creation and the role of taxation - and on this matter, it is Labour who find themselves in the firing line.

The Sun says the prime minister was "reeling following the Panama Papers leaks", but has been "let off the hook" by "the shambolic Opposition", who "bafflingly" began a row over inheritance tax.

The paper says Labour "has misread the public mood" as "most voters hate the 'Death Tax'", adding: "Corbyn and co just don't understand aspiration."

The Daily Telegraph agrees. It urges the government to do more to confront Labour's "pernicious narrative" which holds that taxes are "good in themselves" rather than "a necessary evil".

"Mr Corbyn's Labour Party has jumped on this issue... because it plays directly to its assumptions that accumulating wealth is a bad thing, limiting tax liabilities is anti-social and leaving money to your children is sinful," the paper's leader argues.

Chris Roycroft-Davies, in the Daily Express, adds: "The problem is that the prejudice against the 'haves', which needs to be expressed at every turn in order to garner votes from the 'have-nots', blinds Labour MPs to the crucial law of diminishing returns...

"The higher the tax rates are, the less money they produce."

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'Celebs and gangsters'

"Britain's most charming drug smuggler" - that's the New Day's summation of Howard Marks, who has died aged 70.

The papers demonstrate the conflicted feelings many had about a man "who ran the world's largest cannabis smuggling operation before becoming a celebrated raconteur", as Mike Sullivan, in the Sun, puts it.

He "rubbed shoulders with celebs and gangsters", says the Daily Mirror, and fought passionately for the causes he believed in - foremost among them, the bid to legalise cannabis.

But, says the Daily Mail's Geoffrey Levy, while "he successfully paraded himself as a folk hero who'd spent much of his life battling draconian laws", the reality was he was involved in "a vile trade".

Despite this, "because the drug he smuggled was supposedly harmless, his crime was dismissed by the chattering classes who glamorised him as a bohemian old rogue".

"Howard Marks won affection because he lived a big, brash, blame-filled life, and importantly, was never, ever boring," writes Grace Dent, in the i.

But she suggests that should a new Marks come to light today, they would "have no platform to talk to us" because no longer are "nuance, even downright skulduggery, tolerated in our public figures".

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Image caption The face of Ayeeshia Smith - murdered by her mother aged just 21 months - appears widely

Eye-catching headlines

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  • New leg, new love- the New Day speaks to one of those injured in the Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers

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'Enduring love'

Another death is covered widely in Tuesday's papers - that of Lady Melinda Rose Woodward, the wife of singer Sir Tom Jones.

All seem to agree Linda was Sir Tom's "one true love", as the Daily Mirror puts it, but most also point out that love did not equal fidelity.

"It is unclear whether Linda turned a blind eye to Sir Tom's decades of philandering, or just did not know the extent of it until years later," writes Nicola Methven, the Mirror's TV editor.

But she adds: "Their long-lasting marriage... was nothing short of extraordinary."

"Despite his famous affairs over the course of the marriage - and despite being launched as a 'single' sex bomb when he was married with a young child - theirs was an enduring love story", agrees Alison Boshoff, in the Daily Mail.

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