Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mikko Is First Finn to Win on Tour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mikko Is First Finn to Win on Tour

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Byline: By Colin Pereira

Mikko Ilonen fired a closing-round 70 in Jakarta yesterday to become the first Finn to win on the European Tour.

The 27-year-old carded a nine-under-par 275 total at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club to win the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open.

He finished one stroke ahead of the second-placed trio of Frankie Minoza of the Philippines (71), Shiv Kapur of India (67) and Andrew Tampion of Australia (69).

After a stop-start week with weather delays on all four days of the tournament, Ilonen was a relieved man

"Finally, it's over. I've been thinking about this all week but I've had to try to put it out of my mind and concentrate out on the golf course," said the Finn, who was forced to return to the Pantai Indah Kapuk course early yesterday and on Saturday to complete previous days' rounds.

"It's been tough to do that, especially with having to go out and wait, and go out and wait again, but I'm feeling good to finally win it.

"I've been trying hard to imagine how it would feel to win but, right now, it's all such a rush. I'll probably take a couple of hours to let the feeling go down so I can realise what I have done."

Third-round leaders Ilonen and Minoza were tied on nine under after 10 holes when play was suspended due to lightning at 1. …

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