Finland’s Ilonen calls time on skilled golf profession

Cape City – 5-time European Tour winner Mikko Ilonen has introduced his retirement after a 18-year enjoying profession.

The 39-year-old, who’s probably the most profitable golfer ever to come back out
of Finland, made the choice to be able to spend extra time together with his

Ilonen reached a career-high of 37th on the planet in 2014 when he
received twice on the European Tour and completed seventh within the PGA

The Finn mentioned he nonetheless hoped to have a future within the sport in some
capability, whereas additionally committing to rising the sport in his residence

“I’m satisfied that my retirement isn’t an finish to 1 factor, however
as an alternative the start of one thing new and thrilling,” mentioned Ilonen.

“As knowledgeable golfer, or as an athlete, you typically should
be very egocentric. I’ve been egocentric for twenty years now and I feel it
is about time for me to care about others as they’ve cared for me.

“I made a acutely aware resolution to not contain golf in my low season after the World Cup of Golf final November.

“As a substitute, I’ve targeted on my household and my very own wellbeing. I’ve
used the time nicely, which signifies that I’ve loved the winter and I
have accomplished a number of the issues I used to do as a child, reminiscent of snowboarding and

“The standard time I’ve had with my spouse and two children has meant so
a lot to me and I’ve realised that I do not need to prioritise different
obligations forward of my household.

“I’m very grateful for what golf has given me, however now I need to
concentrate on giving again to those who have supported me and to golf in

“My ardour is golf and I’m decided to discover a approach of supporting golf on the whole and Finnish junior golfers specifically.

“I’m actually wanting ahead to what the long run has in its palms
and I hope that I can encourage younger girls and boys in Finland and overseas
to achieve their objectives in golf and in life.

“I wish to take this chance to thank all of the individuals
round me and business companions which have supported me by the
years. I’m wanting ahead to doing nice issues along with you additionally
sooner or later.”

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