Lyle & Scott golf ambassador Mikko Korhonen is one of Finland’s finest golfing talents. Turning professional at the late age of 24, he recently achieved a career best of third place at the 2016 Portugal Masters.
Our Sports Team caught up with Mikko at the British Masters to talk about golf, life on the European tour and David Beckham, naturally.
Describe golf in three words? Frustrating, perfect and complicated.
Best thing about life on the tour? The opportunity to meet new people, from players to championship staff.
And the worst thing? The travelling is tough, especially when you have several consecutive tournaments each weekend. I often have 5 – 7 weekends in a row which can be pretty tiring. On the other hand, if I stay at home for four weeks, I can’t wait to get back on the tour again.
Favourite course? We get to play so many great courses, but my favourite has got to be ‘Le Golf National’. It’s home of the French Open and the next venue to host the Ryder Cup.
Most memorable moment on the tour? Winning Q-School [european tour qualifying round] in 2014 was a great moment for me.
And the most embarrassing? The last 16th and 18th holes at the French Open have given me plenty of embarrassing moments. I’ve hit a few balls into the water there and burned a few euros in prize money. It’s not so much embarrassing, more frustrating.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when playing? I always keep the same number of tees in my pocket during a round, carry the same two ball markers and green fork and always mark my balls in a certain way before the round.
Who was your idol growing up? Seve Ballesteros.
If you could play a round of golf with any celebrity, who would it be? David Beckham.