Kataoka Pulls Off An­other Come­back Win

HK Golfer - - Asia Focus - Photo by Asian Tour

It was an all too fa­mil­iar scene for Ja­pan’s Daisuke Kataoka again. Two of his pre­vi­ous vic­to­ries on his do­mes­tic cir­cuit were staged from come­backs. And it was no dif­fer­ent for the Ja­panese’s chase for glory at this year’s Asia-Pa­cific Di­a­mond Cup.

Start­ing his fi­nal round one shot back, Kataoka had to stage an­other fight­back. And this time, it was against the likes of Thai­land’s Poom Sakansin and coun­try­man Tadahiro Takayama at the Cale­do­nian Golf Club in Chiba, Ja­pan. As fate would have it, Kataoka birdied three of his last five holes to win his maiden Asian Tour ti­tle by two shots.

“I didn’t think I had a chance to win to­day un­til Poom made the triple bo­gey on the ninth hole. The chances came for all of us,” said the Ja­panese.

Kataoka’s break­through has pro­pelled him to fifth place on the Asian Tour Or­der of Merit.

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