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Mikko Ilonen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 183

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2014 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open champion Mikko Ilonen heads to the The K Club in need of a good week to spark a solid season.
In 9 starts this year the Finn has turned in something of a mixed set of results. He’s missed 3 cuts (all of them in his last 5 starts) but when he has made the weekend he’s been very solid indeed, racking up 5 top 25 finishes, but not yet inside the top 10. Perhaps a return to a happy event will allow him to turn a good week into a very good one. He was the winner of this event in 2014 and boasts another 4 top 20 finishes in 14 Irish starts. He also has course experience (T19 and T39) and a strong affinity with Ireland, having played there a great deal as an amateur, funded by a mentor. May 17 - 12:12 PM

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Mikko Ilonen heads to the Volvo China Open knowing that a new venue holds no fear given his tournament specialist tag.

Back in late 2014, two weeks after his last victory on tour (the Volvo World Match Play Championship) the Finn finished T10 in China, in the BMW Masters. That month was arguably the high point of his career and yet he’s not finished in the top ten since. If that’s the bad news, the better news is that he has four top 20s in his last 7 starts, including T13 last week in the Shenzhen International. Moreover 7 of his last 12 starts in China have seen him finish in the top 25, and more pertinently his event form is relentless, with 7 of his 9 starts being top 30s, including three top tens in his last 5 starts. He’ll not be afraid of a new venue and he just needs the win to rubber-stamp his excellent tournament record.
Apr 26 - 6:54 AM

Mikko Ilonen heads to the Open de Espana this week and will hope to crack the code at Valderrama after struggling on his two previous starts there.

Ilonen played in both the 2007 Volvo Masters and 2010 Andalucia Masters at the iconic Spanish venue but shot scores of 83-72-78-75 in the no-cut former event and 76-75 in the latter. In fact, his struggles extend to other Spanish venues as he's posted T55 and missed three other cuts in his last four tournaments in the country. The Finn had some nice form going at the start of the season with four straight top 25s but failed to cash in his two latest events in Australia and Thailand.
Apr 13 - 6:42 AM

Mikko Ilonen will make his annual start in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters this week.

The Finn struggled in his early visits to Doha GC, missing four of his first five cuts. But he's had some notable success in recent years with a T9 in 2013 and a second place behind Sergio Garcia in 2014 after closing with a 66, his lowest round on the par 72. Ilonen made his first start of the season in Abu Dhabi last week and went under par on all four days to slot in at T22. With the field weaker here, there's a decent chance he can get in the mix again.
Jan 25 - 9:04 AM

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.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 09:16:00 AM

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.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 09:09:00 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.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 08:47:00 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.
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 09:15:00 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.
Fri, May 29, 2015 09:32:00 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.
Tue, May 26, 2015 07:39:00 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.
Fri, May 1, 2015 05:38:00 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).
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 10:40:00 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.
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 06:14:00 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.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 12:50:00 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.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 09:32:00 AM