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Mikko Ilonen |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 183
College: Finland

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In a match that was only academic, Mikko Ilonen defeated Matt Every 8 and 6 in today's third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.
Both were 0-2 when the went to bed last night, so infer all you want about the motivation to go through the motions today. The reality is that someone was going to win. Ilonen shut Every out. The Finn led 7-up at the turn. He picked off four of his wins with birdies and the other half with Every bogeys. At the time they shook hands, this was the most lopsided match of the week. May 1 - 5:38 PM

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Mikko Ilonen has replaced Phil Mickelson at this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

We waited until the Finn's addition was official. He was first alternate when Mickelson withdrew today, and what an addition he is. Ilonen won the Volvo Match Play Championship on the European Tour in October, taking down Henrik Stenson in the finale. More recently, he's played only once in 2015 on his home circuit (T55, Dubai Desert Classic) and missed the cut in his last two starts (Houston, Masters).
Apr 26 - 10:40 PM

Mikko Ilonen will make a rare start on the PGA TOUR at this week's Shell Houston Open.

The Finn will be making his first on the PGA TOUR that hasn't come at a major or WGC event. He was last seen competitively on Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course posting a T23 finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The five-time European Tour winner is still searching for his first PGA TOUR podium finish.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 31 - 6:14 PM

Mikko Ilonen lit up Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course for a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadiliac Championship.

Ilonen had the benefit of an early tee time on a course that was softened by rain overnight. He took full advantage, circling seven birdies and surrendering just two bogeys to go with nine pars. With the exception of a pitch-in birdie from the rough on the par-4 sixth hole, all of his birdies dropped from inside of six feet. He enters the final round at 1-over 217.
Mar 7 - 12:50 PM

Mikko Ilonen will be hoping to find his best form again when he debuts at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

The Finn took his tally of European Tour wins to five with a pair of victories last year. He captured June's Irish Open and October's Volvo World Match Play Championship to secure a career-best 18th on the 2014 Race to Dubai and earn a first start at Trump National Doral. He also had a week to remember on his last competitive start on U.S. soil when finishing T7 in August's PGA Championship at Valhalla. This year has started slowly, however, and in the three starts on the Gulf Swing he was T50 in Abu Dhabi, missed the cut in Qatar and had to settle for T55 in the Dubai Desert Classic.
Mar 3 - 9:32 AM

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

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