Ilonen is the Scandinavian master


Finland's Mikko Ilonen won the Scandinavian Masters title by two shots today to claim his second European Tour title of the season.

The Finn, who won the Indonesia Open in February, birdied the par-three 18th hole at Arlandastad in Stockholm to join Martin Kaymer on six-under par as the young German looked on from the tee.

Kaymer then missed the green with his approach and failed to save par, his weak chip failing to climb the steep slope up to the green and rolling halfway back down.

The resulting double bogey five dropped him back into a share of second place on four-under with French pair Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Christian Cevaer, local favourite Peter Hedblom and England's Nick Dougherty.

Ilonen, who collects a first prize of €180,000, looked to have blown his chances when he double bogeyed the par-three 16th after finding water with his tee shot.

But the former British amateur champion shrugged off missing a short birdie putt on the next to hole from five feet on the 18th for a closing 68 and it was Kaymer who eventually cracked under the pressure.

David Higgins finished as leading Irishman as the Waterville pro closed with a 69 to finish a commendable tied 10th on two-under, one better than Peter Lawrie who also shot 69.

Damien McGrane was well down the field on four-over after his final round 71 but that was still two better than Gary Murphy (72).