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Ilonen wins Nordea Masters by three

Finland's Mikko Ilonen breaks a six-year European Tour win drought.
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STOCKHOLM (AP)

Mikko Ilonen has won the Nordea Masters by three shots to end a six-year trophy drought.

The 33-year-old Finn shot a 69 on Sunday to win with an overall 21-under-par total on the Bro Hof Slott course.

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It is Ilonen's first European Tour victory since he won the same event in 2007.

''It's pretty special and to bounce back this soon after a couple of seconds this year is really good,'' Ilonen said. ''Obviously, I've been waiting for this moment for a few weeks now. People have been expecting me to win but most of all I've been expecting myself to win, so to pull it off here after those second-place results is very satisfying.

''It's been a long time since I last won but I haven't forgotten how it felt. In life there are ups and downs and I've found a better balance now. Life is good, my family is good and golf is all right, so I can't complain.''

Sweden's Jonas Blixt (68) was second at 18 under.

Italy's Matteo Manassero (70), who led the first two rounds, faded over the weekend to eventually share fourth place at 16 under.

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