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Mikko Ilonen birdied half the holes and shot into contention on a birdie-ridden first day at the Abu Dhabi Championship.
A trio of par breakers to start set the Finn out on the right foot and he went on to card a 6-under-par 34-32=66 to end the opening round in tied third place. Even a run of three bogeys in the space of six holes didn't hurt as Ilonen surrounded them with birdies in ideal scoring conditions at the par 72. He took his birdie count to nine by circling two more at the eighth and ninth to wrap up an excellent day. Jan 15 - 10:21 AM

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A dozen golfers earned exemptions into the 2015 Masters by virtue of the year-ended Official World Golf Ranking.

The Asian Tour's Dubai Open was the final tournament contributing to the OWGR in 2014. With it complete, the final two editions of the formula were calculated. The top 50 in the last update gained entry into the season's first major. Among those previously ineligible but now in the field are: Victor Dubuisson (17th in the OWGR); Jamie Donaldson (24th); Ian Poulter (27th); Joost Luiten (29th); Luke Donald (33rd); Stephen Gallacher (35th); Thongchai Jaidee (37th); Steve Stricker (41st); Shane Lowry (44th); Marc Leishman (46th); Mikko Ilonen (47th); Danny Willett (50th).
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 02:13:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen turned down Henrik Stenson 3 and 1 in the finale of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at The London Golf Club in England.

The Finn went bogey-free over 17 holes and picked off five birdies, including a 3 at the 17th hole to secure his fifth title on the European Tour. He won five holes earlier in the match, two of which with pars. Stenson drew first blood with a birdie at the par-3 fourth, but Ilonen squared it with a par at the par-4 fifth. The eventual champ took the lead he wouldn't relinquish with a birdie-2 at No. 8. In a format that serves as a template for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, Ilonen survived his pool that included Graeme McDowell, Joost Luiten and Alexander Levy. Luiten handed Ilonen his only loss of the week with a 1-up survival in the opener. Ilonen went on to conquer Victor Dubuisson in the quarterfinals and avenge Luiten in this morning's semis. Ilonen is now exempt into the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen settled for a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of the PGA Championship and tied for seventh at 11-under 273.

Ilonen was a contender early in his round with birdies on the first and third holes at Valhalla. He'd fade from there, writing down 13 pars, one birdie and one bogey. Two of his birdies dropped from outside of 10 feet. This counts as his introduction to the casual golf fan, but his win at the Irish Open earlier this year proved his mettle. One of the perks for his success this week is a return trip to the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. The top 15 and ties are now exempt. The others: Win--Rory McIlroy ... 2nd--Phil Mickelson ... T3--Rickie Fowler; Henrik Stenson ... T5--Jim Furyk; Ryan Palmer ... T7--Victor Dubuisson; Ernie Els; Hunter Mahan; Steve Stricker; Jimmy Walker ... T13--Kevin Chappell; Brandt Snedeker ... T15--Jason Day; Graham DeLaet; Brooks Koepka; Louis Oosthuizen; Adam Scott; Charl Schwartzel; Marc Warren; Lee Westwood; Bernd Wiesberger.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 08:32:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen settled in for a 2-under-par 34-35-69 in the third round of the PGA Championship and is safely inside the top 10 at 9-under 204.

The Finn's only blemish was a big one, as he swallowed a double bogey on the par-4 second hole. To his credit, he bounced back with a 13-foot birdie on the par-3 third and added a second birdie on the par-4 fourth. Perhaps the highlight of his four birdies was his 22'3" effort on the par-4 ninth. He couldn't keep it going low, settling for par on his final eight holes.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 07:01:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen followed his opening 67 at the PGA Championship with a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round to post 7-under 135, coming to rest just two strokes off Rory McIlroy's 36-hole lead.

Ilonen played today's first seven holes in birdie-free 1-over before turning on the jets. He concluded the round with six birdies against two bogeys. Two of his birdies traveled over 10 feet. He prefaced the show with a par save from 12'8" at the par-4 sixth. He's a four-time winner on the European Tour, but the only champion ever from Finland. As we enter the weekend, keep in mind that a Scandinavian has never won a major and that Ilonen currently leads that contingent at Valhalla.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 08:55:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen carded a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the PGA Championship.

The Finn make his presence known early and often at Valhalla today. Beginning at the 10th hole, he opened birdie-birdie-birdie, the last falling in from 13'2" at 12. Overall, he hit 12 greens in regulation and squared two bogeys, but picked off three more birdies on his inward side. That set included a seven-yarder from just off the green at the par-5 seventh and a walk-off conversion from 30'3" at the par-4 ninth. He signed his card as the only golfer with a 67 from the early draw. Ilonen sits just two strokes in arrears of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 03:34:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen enters this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational ranked 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Ilonen didn't perform admirably in his Bridgestone debut last year, but he's found some form this year. Internationally, he owns six top 20s, including a victory at the Irish Open. The Finn took home a share of 21st place in his latest World Golf Championships stroke-play event, the HSBC Champions.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 08:54:00 AM

Mikko Ilonen secured the wire-to-wire victory at the Irish Open with a 1-under-par 34-36=70 in his final round.

The Finn opened par-birdie-par-birdie, and then failed to find another par breaker en route to 13-under 271 at Fota Island Resort in Country Cork, but he escaped with a one-stroke margin over Italy's Edoardo Molinari, who closed with a five-birdie 67. Ilonen started the tournament with a course-record 64 during which he converted eight birdies. He led outright after every round with second- and third-round scores of 68 and 69, respectively. This is his fourth European Tour title. It exempts him into his second consecutive WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. And after starting the week at 63rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, the 34-year-old will climb to approximately 50th.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 12:06:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen makes his first appearance at Dove Mountain in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Ilonen begins his journey as the 14th seed in the Sam Snead bracket against Bubba Watson. Not exactly an easy draw considering Watson his fresh off a T2 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and a win in the Northern Trust Open. Form is on Ilonen's side, as he has also finished inside the top five in his last two starts.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 08:42:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen will tee it up in this week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club.

Ilonen earned his way into the field this week by virtue of his win at the Nordea Masters. This marks his first start in this event, and he's guaranteed to cash a check since the 78-man field does not include a cut. Since his win, he hasn't cracked a top 30 in his subsequent 11 starts. Given the quality of the field, it's unlikely he makes any real noise this week.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 08:35:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen coasted to a three-stroke victory over Jonas Blixt at the Nordea Masters.

Ilonen slept on a two-stroke margin before closing with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden, to post 21-under 267. For the week, he converted an eagle and 23 birdies to offset just four bogeys, three of which occurred in his opening 70. Blixt's final round was an adventure. In addition to a long eagle putt at the par-5 ninth hole -- one of five par 5s on the 7,607-yard layout -- the Swede circled six birdies, squared two bogeys and added a double (at the par-5 13th) en route to a 68. Austria's Bernd Wiesberger finished alone in third, four strokes back of Ilonen. BMW PGA Championship winner Matteo Manassero faded on the weekend to share fourth place. This is Ilonen's third title on the European Tour, the last of which occurring in this event in 2007 when it was contested at Arlandastod Golf Club, also in Stockholm. While he'll rise to approximately 65th in the Official World Golf Ranking, today's win exempts him into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 12:08:00 PM

Mikko Ilonen carded a final round of 68 to win the Scandinavian Masters by two strokes.

Finland's Mikko Ilonen was one stroke in back of Germany's Martin Kaymer at his final hole, but a 6-foot birdie putt at the par-3 18th pulled him into a tie for the lead as Kaymer watch from the tee. Kaymer needed a birdie to win and a par to force a playoff, but instead badly missed the green and failed to chip his ball onto the green with his second shot. His confidence was clearly shaken at that point, and he proceed to three-putt from just off the green to fall into five-way second place tie. Ilonen said after his win, "If I had to pick one tournament to win, alongside the majors, it would be this one."
Sun, Aug 19, 2007 12:17:00 PM