Mikko wins again
June 22, 2014
Mikko Ilonen completed a wire-to-wire victory as he celebrated his 300th European Tour appearance by winning the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort, his fourth win on the European Tour.
Mikko carded a final round of 70 to finish 13 under par, one shot ahead of Italy's Edoardo Molinari.
Mikko established a new course record of 64 in the opening round and took a one shot lead into the final round.
Mikko’s victory was the second wire-to-wire effort in as many weeks on for a Sportyard player after Martin Kaymer's triumph at Pinehurst No.2, and Mikko admitted he had been inspired by Martin.
“It was very much a Martin Kaymer-inspired win,” he said. “I sent a message to him last week that I really enjoyed watching golf.
“I very rarely enjoy watching golf; I would rather play golf, but Martin's win inspired me. It was nice to keep that lead all the way.”
Mikko now has the chance to move into top 50 in the OWGR for the first time in his career.
A huge congratulations from the whole Sportyard team!