The Amateur Champion 2000 – Five-time European Tour Winner
Mikko Ilonen was born in Lahti, Finland. He won the 2000 Amateur Championship, and turned pro in 2001. He plays mainly on the European Tour, where he has won five events.
He won his first professional tournament at the 2007 Indonesia Open, an event co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour. He was the first Finn to win a European Tour event and to feature in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. In 2007 he finished the season in a career best 34th on the European Tour Order of Merit.
In June 2013, Mikko Ilonen won the Nordea Masters event in Sweden for the second time in his career and third tour level victory overall.
In June 2014, Mikko Ilonen won the Irish Open at Fota Island in Cork. Ilonen led the tournament from start to finish and ended up one shot clear of Italian Edoardo Molinari.
Mikko’s latest, and greatest, win came in Volvo World Match Play Championship 2014, where he beat both Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson on his way to victory.
Ilonen’s best major championship finish is tied 7th at the 2014 PGA Championship.