Chiba Prefecture, Japan, September 25: Here’s what we learned from the tournament, on and off the course.
1.The Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup is the first professional tournament hosted by the Caledonian Golf Club in 17 years. It last hosted the Japan PGA Championship in 2000.
2.Kataoka took advantage of his course knowledge to seal the deal. He turned professional in 2007 and from 2008 to 2013, he would attend an annual training camp at the Caledonian Golf Club. The training camps lasted at least one month every year.
3.Kataoka claimed his first Asian Tour win at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup, where he had come in tied-seventh last two years. It was his third victory as a professional. His last two wins came on his home Tour. All three wins were come-from-behind victories.
4.Poom might have missed out on his third Asian Tour win but he won the hearts of many local fans who find him ‘Kawaii’ which means cute in Japanese.
5.A total of 13 amateurs from nine different countries had the opportunities to play against the big boys at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup. Only one local amateur Keita Nakajima made it into the weekend rounds.