Of all the snooker players I have watched, few have been more entertaining than Tony Drago.
A bundle of nervous energy, Tony has mixed flair, emotion and the fastest cueing arm on the planet to great effect during the last 24 years.
He turned 44 today and celebrated with a 5-3 victory over Andy Hicks to reach the third qualifying round of the Grand Prix.
Drago is still lightning fast. Remember, he once won a frame in just three minutes and the passing of the years haven't brought about any appreciable taming of the 'Tornado.'
This is because he plays on instinct. When it works it is awesome to watch; when it doesn't it can be painful.
Tony has always worn his heart on his sleeve and this only adds to the entertainment value. When he wins, he is delighted. When he loses, move out of the way.
They call him the Star of Malta and, every now and again, he can still shine brightly.
Today was such a day.