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Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2017

Well, give yourself a pat on the back, we’ve made it to the end of another year.

As we say goodbye to 2017, we can reflect on another twelve months that provided countless moments of jubilation and joy, coupled with numerous instances of defeat and despair.

Over the last few days, we have looked at some of the highs and lows in addition to celebrating this year with the Big Quiz of 2017, while also commenting on a difficult choice as to who stands out as the Player of the Year.

It has been another record-breaking 52 weeks here on SnookerHQ as well.

This post represents the 459th published – just shy of 100 more than last year’s 366, which was then a record.

Partly because of this and mostly because of your generous and loyal support, SnookerHQ has also seen a remarkable spike in activity with a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to the site and the hits that this traffic has generated.

With just a day left to go, the website has attracted more than 325,000 page views this year and, to each and every one of you who has made this kind of success possible, I offer you my sincere thanks, hopeful that you have enjoyed the content that has been shared.

According to the stats, visitors have come in from a staggering 192 different countries this year, with the UK and Ireland understandably topping the list by some distance, but not forgetting the single hit each received from the likes of San Marino, Yemen, Lesotho, and Guam.

A special gratitude, as always, is reserved for the various other writers who have contributed in 2017, notably Jonathan “Sniper” Williams, whose regular features on the Irish amateur scene remain as popular as ever.

Together, let’s make 2018 even bigger and better.

Here are the top 10 most read articles of 2017. Happy New Year!

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10. Snooker on Eurosport This Season

Eurosport’s schedule with most of the calendar’s events available on the broadcaster either on TV or the Eurosport Player.

9. English Open Final: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Kyren Wilson

Ronnie O’Sullivan bids for a first ranking title in a year and a half against young English challenger Kyren Wilson.

8. Scottish Open Final: Neil Robertson vs Cao Yupeng

Like O’Sullivan, it’s been a year and a half since Robertson’s last ranking title. Can he break the duck in the Scottish Open final against a newcomer to this level?

7. Stephen Hendry Survives World Seniors Scare

The seven-time world champion makes his much-hyped return but struggles through in his World Seniors match.

6. Shanghai Masters Final: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Judd Trump

O’Sullivan and Trump renew their rivalry, having appeared in numerous finals already in the last few years.

5 Jimmy White Wins UK Seniors Championship

Jimmy White captures the UK Seniors crown 25 years after his UK Championship success on the Main Tour.

4. Jimmy White Loss Ends 37-Year Professional Career

Jimmy’s defeat in World Championship qualifying makes it initially appear as though his long career has come to an end. World Snooker later offer him an invitational tour card.

3. Draw: 2017 Betfred World Snooker Championship

It’s the eagerly anticipated draw in the World Championship.

2. Champion of Champions Final: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Shaun Murphy

Ronnie bids for a hat-trick of Coventry titles but can rival Murphy cause an upset?

1. Snooker Shoot Out Draw

The tournament might divide opinion but, with more than 7,500 views, the release of the Shoot Out draw attracted the most hits in 2017.

Photos courtesy of World Snooker and Monique Limbos.

Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.