Roope Kakko, from Finland wins the 2015 Madeira Islands Open, on the European PGA Tour.
Roope is only the second Finnish player to win a European PGA Tour title, carding a bogey free -9 under par 63 to seal victory in the Madeira Islands Open, with a -24 under par total.
This victory meant a lot to him, and the people of Finland;
“I was really nervous coming down the stretch on the last five holes.”
“I almost started crying with three holes to go, I was really getting emotional. But my caddie was very helpful, he gave me a couple of songs to sing and cracked a few jokes and that really helped me get into the moment.
“I’m speechless, I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I’m over the moon to have done it.”
“There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today.”
“Sometimes it doesn’t go the way you plan it but it all went my way today.”
“I told myself to just stick to my game plan and eventually I’m going to make a few. I actually targeted a 67 today and I went a bit lower than that, so that was great.”
“On Saturday I had a plan to just get into contention on Sunday and it worked. Scott and I played incredible golf today.”
“This is definitely the best moment of my career but I have to say that it really helped me to have won two years ago on the Challenge Tour in Oman.”
“I was at a stage where I really needed to win and I did it, and that really helped me today, calmed me down when the pressure was on.”
Two Scotsmen filled second and third places, Scott Henry claiming second, on -21 under par, with Andrew McArthur third at -18 under. Andrew also carded a final round -9 under par 63.
But the day belonged to Roope Kakko and Finland.