Mikko Korhonen wins opening Tour event at 146th attempt

Rex Christensen
June 13, 2018

Mikko Korhonen produced a brilliant display of front-running to blow away the field and win his first European Tour title at the Shot Clock Masters.

Connor Syme holes a 60-foot birdie on his final hole to grab a runner-up finish at the inaugural Shot Clock Masters.

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts was one of four players on nine under par, alongside England's Steve Webster, Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin and South Africa's Justin Walters.

Players had 50 seconds to take their shot if they are first to play, including tee shots on par threes, or 40 seconds for tee shots on other holes or when second or third to play.

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A birdie on the next quickly settled any nerves and despite another bogey on the 12th following the second stoppage in play, Korhonen was never in danger of being caught. I've been up there a couple of times and couldn't do it at those times, but now I'm so happy and relieved that I have done it.

"I didn't really expect it to drop, but it was absolutely ideal up and over. I have no words, it's so good".

"I absolutely loved it", said Syme. "That was a massive bonus on the last and you could tell by my reaction how much it meant to me".

Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour, has called for the professional game to time pros over each and every shot after the success of the innovative event in Austria introduced to rid the sport of the scourge of slow play. In that sense I think it helps the players. McGee's best round of the weekend - left him on three-under for the tournament.

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