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Watching Spaniard Alvaro Quiros prepare for the Transitions Championship in Florida this week, reminded me of the one and only Seve Ballesteros.

The huge-hitting Quiros is very much a chip off the legend's block. He stands out from the crowd and not just because he's 6ft 3ins and wears straw, boater-style headwear.

He's swashbuckling, he oozes charm and charisma and is an outstanding golfer, already having won three European Tour titles, including this year's Qatar Masters.

He's different too: yesterday on the practice putting green he was chipping onto the green from all kinds of weird and wonderful places, including from dense rough on the other side of a buggy path - the traffic had to be stopped while he did so!

"I'm just trying to have fun out here and take advatnage of these great facilities," Quiros said afterwards.  

Quiros can out-drive just about anybody in the game but clearly knows he has a long way to go to get anywhere near the near-perfect short game of maestro Seve.

But he's definitely one to watch and don't be to surprised if he beats Sergio (Garcis) to follow Seve and 'Ollie' (Jose Maria Olazabal) and become Spain's next major champion...