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Mikko Ilonen

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

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Mikko Ilonen traded birdies and bogeys in compiling a 3-under-par round of 34-34=68 in Friday's second round which left him on 5-under 137 for the week and co-leading the 100th Open de France.
The Finn is tied at the top alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, South Africa's Brandon Stone and Korean Jeunghun Wang after ticking 5 birdies and crossing 2 bogeys in round two. He's one of just two players to have broken 70 in both rounds. It was a stunning effort Friday given that he found just 3 fairways from the tee, but the rest of his game was tidy enough to make up for this failing. His position of prominence is even more extraordinary when you consider that he has doubled his number of sub-70 rounds on the Albatros course (previously 2 in 26) and has never finished higher than T45 in 8 visits. Jul 1 - 8:41 AM

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Mikko Ilonen has two top 20s on his last three starts at Gut Larchenhof and will try his luck there again in this week's BMW International Open.

Both those (T13 in 2007 and T16 in 2008) came when the course hosted the Mercedes-Benz Championship. He shot 68-72-71-68 for T51 when returning there in this week's event two years ago. Ilonen is still looking for a first top 10 in 24 starts on German soil although at least two of his better efforts have come at Gut Larchenhof. This year, he's 74th o the Race to Dubai having cashed 7 times in 12 starts. After a run of three missed cuts, he hit back with T20 at the Nordea Masters last time so will look to build on that return to form.
Jun 22 - 5:11 AM

Mikko Ilonen hung up a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in round two of the Nordea Masters in Sweden and is 6-under 136 at the midpoint, currently T4 on the leaderboard.

The Finn represented a classic course form v current form dilemma for gamers this week as he'd missed his last three cuts on the European Tour but was returning to a venue where he'd posted a win and a T3 on this last two visits. So far, the course formers have it after Ilonen stayed on page one of the leaderboard with another sub-par round at one of his favorite tracks. The 36-year-old squared a bogey at 11 but then found a groove with birdies at 12, 15, 17 and 18. He did quieten after that, though, and shot eight pars and a bogey on his second nine to end five behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick. A tidy short game is fuelling Ilonen's challenge and he's 8-for-11 in scrambling so far after hitting 11 and 14 greens respectively over the first two days.
Jun 3 - 7:35 AM

Mikko Ilonen continued his sensational form at Bro Hof Slot GC with an opening round of 4-under-par 35-33=68 at the Nordea Masters.

The Finn was T3 at this track in 2012 and a winner 12 months later. He also completed victory in the event at Arlandastad back in 2007 so it's safe to say he feels comfortable in his surroundings and he proved it again Thursday. He missed 7 greens in regulation but his short game was showing a sure touch. He saved par 5 times and needed just 26 putts in the round. After a birdie at 2 and bogey at 5 he neared the turn in a sedate level-par however. But red at No. 9 prompted the move. He circled 11, 13, 15 and 18, whilst squaring only 14 on the way back. Signing his card he was one behind the lead group: a scrum of six players on 5-under.
Jun 2 - 12:21 PM

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

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