Mikko KORHONEN (Finland)
Mikko was very much the definition of a journeyman without a win on any tour until 2018 when he notched his first career win at the Shot Clock Masters. Given that he has spent much of his career at Challenge Tour and European Tour level it was fitting that his breakthrough came at a tournament which had its origins as an event that hopped between the European Tour and Challenge Tour.
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
Mikko turned 40 in July 2020.
Long Game - As evidenced by his stats, Mikko is an accurate driver of the ball and ranks above average for Greens in Regulation. He is not the longest off the tee so is better suited by courses that place a premium on accuracy.
Short Game - Ranked 93rd for Putting Average in 2019.
Avoid when rusty - If you are going to back him it's worth noting that he's a player who needs a week to shake off rust and get his competitive edge. He's missed the cut in each of his last three season openers after the Christmas break. Also worth noting that in 2019, Mikko missed 4 cuts all season, each of those came immediately after at least a week off. In 2018, 5 of his 9 missed cuts came after a week off and in 2017, 4 of his 7 missed cuts came after a break.
Time of the year - Mikko is at his best in May and June. His two wins on tour have come in those months and he has recorded three second place finishes in his career and two of those have also come in May and June.
Major & WGC Analysis
Major's - Mikko's best finish in a major is 63rd so he's not one to back in Major Championships. His level is very much regular European Tour events.
WGC's - He is not ready to contend at this level.
Pressure Performance Rating
August 2020 - Began the final round of the Hero Open 1 shot behind Sam Horsfield. Shot 72 to finish 6th, 5 shots behind Horsfield.
March 2020 - Joint led after 54 holes after shooting 73-67-65 however shot 72 to finish in 4th place, 2 shots back of winner Sami Valimaki who shot 70.
May 2019 - Won at The Volvo China Open to demonstrate the initial win was no fluke. Demonstrating that he can come from off the pace as well as lead from the front, he beat Benjamin Hebert in a playoff in China.
June 2018 - Mikko won the Shot Clock Masters in 2018 from a leading position after 54 holes.
November 2018 - Mikko shot a disastrous 77 (worst score of anyone in the top 50) during the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge when entering the final round 3 strokes behind.
Summary - Mikko's Golf betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is 3 stars.
1-0. Mikko has been in 1 play off (the above mentioned win against Benjamin Hebert) which resulted in a win.
2019 Volvo China Open
"It’s an amazing feeling. I don’t know how I did it but it’s probably the putter that was my winning formula this week. I made lots of putts from outside 15-20 feet this week. Winning a golf tournament is never easy. It was a battle all day as everyone was making putts and I had to stay patient and do the same. It’s great to have this second win in the bag and I’m delighted."