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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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Mikko Ilonen charged up the leaderboard with a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in his second round at the Porsche European Open in Germany.
With scoring conditions trickier than in round one, The Finn's morning lap at the Beckenbauer course resulted in a leap of over 50 spots and he's currently T4 on the live leaderboard. Ilonen made his move early with four straight birdies out of the gate before dropping his only shot of the day at 18. He added two more par breakers at 3 and 7 to reach 7-under 135 and settle just three behind clubhouse leader Charl Schwartzel. His numbers were far stronger today as he split 10 (of 13) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation compared to 4 and 9 in those respective categories in his opening 69. Sep 25 - 9:16 AM

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Mikko Ilonen burst out of the blocks in a 6-under-par 29-35=64 on day one of the KLM Open at Kennemer.

Starting at 10, the Finn circled birdies at five of his first six holes and, after swallowing a bogey at 17, added another par breaker at 18 to turn in just 29. He advanced to 7-under with further birdies at 5 and 6 but suffered a bogey-par-par finish after looking as if he could challenge for the lead. Still, he's just three swings behind the clubhouse target of 9-under set by Paul Lawrie and finally in position to post a first top 20 since a T18 in April's China Open. Looking at his stats, Ilonen split 9 (of 13) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and took 27 putts.
Sep 10 - 9:09 AM

Mikko Ilonen returns to Firestone Country Club for the third straight year, in preparation for this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

The Finn has not been in fear of missing out on a payday in his two previous Akron trips, thanks to the no-cut nature of this event. Unfortunately, he hasn't signed any scorecards better than 2-over 72 in eight attempts. His form overseas is nothing to write home about either, making Ilonen safe to avoid in all formats this week.
Aug 4 - 8:47 AM

Mikko Ilonen will play a seventh Open Championship this week and his second at St. Andrews.

The Finnish golfer made his debut in the event at the Old Course in 2000 and missed the cut but took T9 at Royal Lytham the following year. That's his best result while a T16 at Hoylake in 2006 is his only other top 20. Ilonen has got to know St. Andrews well by playing in every Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (apart from 2011) since 2001 although he's never cracked the top 20 in that event. The five-time European Tour winner has struggled for form this year although has made his last two cuts, posting T45 at the Open de France and T53 in the Scottish Open. Last year's Irish Open winner tees off with Australian Greg Chalmers and England's David Howell at 10:28 on Thursday.
Jul 15 - 9:15 AM

Defending Dubai Duty Free Irish Open champion Mikko Ilonen saw his reign ended after posting a 6-over-par 36-41=77 in round two at Royal County Down on Friday.

Coupled with an opening 75, that left the Finn down at 10-over 152. It currently puts him T134 and although scoring conditions are tough he won't get into the weekend with that score. Ilonen gave himself genuine hope after wiping out bogeys at 12 and 15 with birdies at 17 and 18 to return to 4-over. But he dropped shots at 3, 4, 5 and 6 and swallowed a double bogey-5 at 7 to kill off any outside ambitions of a successful title defense. For the second day running he hit just 8 greens in regulation.
May 29 - 9:32 AM

Mikko Ilonen won last year's Irish Open at Fota Island and goes in search of another win at Royal County Down this week.

Ilonen paved the way for victory 12 months ago with an opening 64 and also carded a 66 on day one when T10 at Royal Portrush in 2012. Defending a trophy at a different venue is always a tough ask and gamers are likely to be just as concerned by his current form. The Finn, who won twice in 2014, hasn't managed anything better than T18 in eight European Tour starts this year and sits outside the top 50 in the Race to Dubai.
May 26 - 7:39 AM

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

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.
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