Illonen captures Scandinavian Masters

Aug. 19, 2007 at 3:16 PM

MALMO, Sweden, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Mikko Ilonen birdied the par-3 18th hole Sunday to win the Scandinavian Masters at Malmo, Sweden, by two strokes over a group of five players.

The native of Finland closed with a 2-under-par 68, making his four-round total 6-under 274. His closest challengers ended at 4-under 276.

“It's an unbelievable feeling,” Ilonen said after his second European Tour win this season. “If I had to pick one tournament to win, alongside the majors, it would be this one.”

One of the players finishing tied for second was 22-year-old German Martin Kaymer, who ballooned to a 3-over 73 Sunday.

“You never wish for a finish like that for any opponent," Illonen added.

James Kingston, who started the final round tied for the lead with Kaymer, could manage only 4-over 74 and shared seventh at three-under-par 277 with Paul Broadhurst (71) and American Corey Pavin (67).

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