Has played the last two PGA Championships, but now makes his first appearance in the Open Championship at the age of 38. In fact, he turns 39 two days after the Champion Golfer will be crowned at Royal Portrush.
Comes into the field off the world rankings following two victories on the European Tour in the last 13 months. He won the Shot Clock Masters by six strokes last June and in May added the Volvo China Open with a birdie on the first hole o a play-off against Benjamin Hebert.
As a result moved to a personal best 84th in the world 15 years after he turned professional. He represented Finland in the 2004 Eisenhower Trophy world amateur team championships, then competed mainly on the Nordic Tour before progressing to the Challenge Tour and then the main circuit. It took him eight attempts before he was successful at the qualifying school in 2010, but had to go back four more times. In 2014, however, he won it and two years later had his first top three finish, then in 2017 was a runner-up at both the Tshwane Open and Lyoness Open.