Des Smyth carded his low round of the season - a five under par 66 - to share fourth place in the Benahavis Senior Masters in Marbella.
Mason is just one win away from equalling the all-time record of 23 titles held by his fellow Englishman, Tommy Horton. But given the current economic downturn, how many titles will Mason and Smyth be playing for next year?
Big names are turning 50 every season but most are heading across the Atlantic and sponsors are losing interest.
Four years ago there were 23 European Senior Tour events. Last year there were just 18.
Next month's season-ending OKI Castellon Senior Tour Championship will be the 16th event of the season.
With AIB ending its 13-year relationship with the Irish Seniors Open at Ballybunion this year, it's a challenging time for everyone in the golf industry.