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Roope Kakko wins Madeira Islands Open by 3 strokes for 1st European Tour title

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SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands — earned his first European Tour victory Sunday after shooting a flawless 9-under 63 to win the Madeira Islands Open by three strokes.

The 33-year-old Finn made an eagle on the par-4 10th to go with seven birdies for a tournament-record 24-under total of 264. of Scotland was runner-up for the second year in a row after a 66, having lost a playoff to England's last year.

of Scotland was another three strokes back in third.

Kakko is only the second Finnish player to win on the European Tour, following .

"I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I'm over the moon to have done it," Kakko said. "I almost started crying with three holes to go. I was really getting emotional."

Kakko was the third amateur to win a Challenge Tour tournament when he won the Volvo Finnish Open — his home event — in 2004.

Kakko's wife is an LPGA Tour golfer.

"There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today," Kakko said. "Sometimes it doesn't go the way you plan it, but it all went my way today."

PHOTO: Scotland's Scott Henry tees of during the last round of the Madeira Islands Golf Open at the Santo da Serra golf course in the island of Madeira, Portugal, Sunday, Aug. 2 2015. Henry finished second, three strokes behind Finland's Roope Kakko who won with a 24 under par total of 264. (AP Photo/Helder Santos)
Scotland's Scott Henry tees of during the last round of the Madeira Islands Golf Open at the Santo da Serra golf course in the island of Madeira, Portugal, Sunday, Aug. 2 2015. Henry finished second, three strokes behind Finland's Roope Kakko who won with a 24 under par total of 264. (AP Photo/Helder Santos)

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PHOTO: Scotland's Scott Henry tees of during the last round of the Madeira Islands Golf Open at the Santo da Serra golf course in the island of Madeira, Portugal, Sunday, Aug. 2 2015. Henry finished second, three strokes behind Finland's Roope Kakko who won with a 24 under par total of 264. (AP Photo/Helder Santos)
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