The last 16 line up at the Bahrain Championship is becoming not so much a who’s who of snooker as a who’s that?
So far, only two members of the elite top 16 – Ryan Day and Neil Robertson – have made it through.
There will surely be more to follow today and tomorrow but it does still give hope to some of the lower ranked professionals that this may be their turn to shine.
Take Robert Milkins. But for a miracle pot on a green by Matthew Stevens the Gloucester man would probably have been in the 2005 Irish Masters final.
Since losing that semi-final 9-8 from 8-5 up he has done very little. Down to 71st in the provisional rankings, his match against Michael Holt will be his first appearance in the last 16 of a ranking tournament since the 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy.
Holt will start favourite having beaten Jamie Cope in the previous round, although playing Milkins may bring back painful memories for him.
When they met at the 2001 B&H Championship Holt missed a red in the decider and banged his fist on the table rail in frustration.
So hard did he bang it that he had to be taken to hospital with a broken knuckle.
Looking back he was lucky this did not affect his career (he didn’t, as claimed by worldsnooker.com, pull out of the following month’s UK Championship).
What of the other lower rankers?
Could Barry Pinches or Mike Dunn win a ranking title?
Unlikely but you never know.
Few gave Bob Chaperon much hope in the 1990 British Open and he ended up winning it.
Whoever wins out of Stephen Hendry and Ricky Walden this evening will fancy their chances.
We still have the likes of Stephen Maguire, Ali Carter and Mark Allen to come.
But this has already been the sort of event where a shock winner would not be such a shock.