Irish Open. Ilonen Going for Wire to Wire Win June 21 2014

dragon logo dark Mikko Ilonen is going for a wire to wire win at the Irish Open Mikko Ilonen   (Getty Images) Mikko Ilonen / Getty Images Mikko still leads by one shot after day three at the Irish Open on Fota Island, shooting a third round -2 under par 69, for a tournament total of -12 under par. He reported that he is happy that his final round pairing will be with Danny Willett, rather than having to play alongside home town favorite G-Mac; "It will help, Graeme will be in front of us but it will be the same as today. I have been leading all the way and handling the pressure pretty well so far." "I was off here and there today, especially with a couple of drives in the beginning on the par fives. All in all I kept it together nicely, I felt good on the course and pretty pleased with how I am placed." Danny Willett is in second place at -11 under par, following his record breaking third round -8 under par 63.  A hole in one at the par three 7th helped his cause; "We had a perfect number, 168 yards with an eight iron but you never expect it to slam dunk, that was a bit of a bonus. We've been playing great for a long time but could not seem to get anything going on the greens, but holing a wedge yesterday (for an eagle on the second) and an eight iron today certainly helps." "Coming from the US Open last week it was a slightly different mentality, it was quite tricky to stop playing 20 feet away from the flags and on the first day we were too cautious."  Graeme stayed very much in contention after talking to himself about how to go about winning, he is sitting nicely in third place at -10 under par; "Walking down the tenth I had to have a chat with myself and stay patient, I only needed three birdies not six. It helps having been in this scenario before and it was nice to birdie two of the last three there and get myself back in this golf tournament." "I really enjoyed the crowd interaction today, it's been a fun week and it would be nice to put the icing on the cake tomorrow with a big round. I'll try and give them what they want tomorrow, an Irish winner, but there's a lot of names on that leaderboard that will have some issues with that." "It would be special on many levels. It would be a kickstarter for my season. It would be a big boost in the world rankings and Ryder Cup rankings. But most importantly, to win here in front of my home fans, with everything that's gone on in Irish golf lately, with the Open Championship (at Portrush) announcement, Rory (McIlroy) and his Olympic announcement this week and just generally what's been going on in Irish golf, I think it would be fun to do the business tomorrow." "Having played in Ryder Cups and Major Championships I guess thankfully I'm experienced with this type of atmosphere and this type of crowd. But there's something a little bit special about the dynamic of the Irish fans and I'd dearly love to give them what they want tomorrow." Of course there is still the chasing pack of players who are within striking distance, especially the bunch on -9 under par, tomorrow will be an interesting day.