After Mark King's triumph at the Northern Ireland Open in November, I did a small piece on how players aged Over 40 were constantly featuring in the very latter stage of tournaments. (You can read that article here). Well, the streak has continued since then.

The average age of the Semi-Finalists at the 2017 Masters is 39.75. Both Ronnie O'Sullivan (41) and Joe Perry (42) kept the sequence going, whilst Marco Fu (39) is also nearly in that age bracket.

At least one player aged 40 or over has made the Semi-Finals of every event this season. In fact, if we add John Higgins' Last 4 finish at the China Open and Alan McManus' at the Crucible last season, the run equates to 17 straight competitions.

The last time the final quartet didn't feature a 'FortySomeThing' was the Players Championship Grand Finals in March.

Obviously these stats do include snooker all-time greats in John Higgins and O'Sullivan - I think they will be challenging for a fair few more years to come...

China Open

Semi-Finalist: John Higgins (40)

World Championship

Semi-Finalist: Alan McManus (45)

Riga Masters
Semi-Finalists: Mark Williams (41) & Darren Morgan (50)

Indian Open
Semi-Finalist: Nigel Bond (50)

World Open
Runner-Up: Joe Perry (41)

Paul Hunter Classic
Semi-Finalist: Dominic Dale (44)

World 6 Reds Championship

Runner-Up: Stuart Bingham (40)

Shanghai Masters
Semi-Finalist: Stuart Bingham (40)

European Masters
Runner-Up: Ronnie O'Sullivan (40)

English Open
Semi-Finalist: Stuart Bingham (40)

International Championship
Semi-Finalist: Stuart Bingham (40)

China Championship
Winner: John Higgins (41)
Runner-Up: Stuart Bingham (40)

Champion of Champions
Winner: John Higgins (41)
Runner-Up: Ronnie O'Sullivan (40)

Northern Ireland Open
Winner: Mark King (42)
Semi-Finalist: Anthony Hamilton (45)

UK Championship

Runner-Up: Ronnie O'Sullivan (40)

Scottish Open

Runner-Up: John Higgins (41)

The Masters

Ronnie O'Sullivan (41) & Joe Perry (42)

Written and published by Michael Day on the 20th January 2017

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