Nordea Masters: Mikko Ilonen glad wait for another tournament win is over
Last Updated: 02/06/13 5:59pm
Mikko Ilonen: Second win in seven years thrills the Finn
Mikko Ilonen was thrilled to end a six-year wait for victory as he secured the Nordea Masters title in Stockholm.
The Finn carded a closing round of 69 with only one mistake, avoiding the nerves that have affected him when in contention in the past as he took the tournament by three strokes.
Ilonen had not won since the Scandinavian Masters in 2007 but said a good night's sleep prepared him perfectly for a day that ended with a family celebration.
"I slept brilliant. I was pretty tired after yesterday, yesterday was the toughest day of them all I think," Ilonen said.
"I have my family here with me. My boy's gone to sleep about 8.30pm and I went off about 9pm, so I slept pretty good all the way through to about 6.30am.
"It's pretty special. I could feel a lot of support from Finland, especially today.
"Playing with Alex (Sweden's Alexander Noren) in the last group in front of the local fans, it feels pretty special.
Not even a lapse in concentration on the 12th green, where he fluffed a short putt, could knock the 33-year-old out of his stride
He added: "I just got ahead of myself a little bit with the first putt. I've said it for weeks now, it doesn't really bother me if make a bogey, a birdie or par. As long as I have holes to play I know I can make it up and I did."