Sentosa, Singapore, September 25: 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 the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup over the weekend.
Starting his 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.
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.
While Kataoka savoured his breakthrough which propelled him to fifth place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the Japanese hopes his next victory would not be such a hard fought one.
“All my wins were come from behind victories. Maybe next time I should manage it better and make it an easier win,” said Kataoka.
Despite missing out on another grandstand finish, Poom was delighted to be in the running to qualify for the CIMB Classic where the leading 10 players on the money list as of October 9 will qualify for the lucrative event in Malaysia.
“It’s still a great week for me overall. I have two more tournaments to play in Chinese Taipei before the cut-off date for CIMB Classic so hopefully I can continue to play well to stay inside the top-10,”said Poom.
Australia’s Scott Hend continues to lead the money list with US$416,929 while Korean-American David Lipsky and Malaysia’s Gavin Green are in second and third place respectively.
The Asian Tour will head to Chinese Taipei for the Mercuries Taiwan Masters this week.
The Tour will continue its stay in Chinese Taipei with the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship the following week.
Asian Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos Player Order of Merit (US$)
1. Scott HEND (AUS) $416,929.60
2. David LIPSKY (USA) $376,529.11
3. Gavin GREEN (MAS) $367,346.06
4. S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) $326,481.61
5. Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) $284,489.61
6. Phachara KHONGWATMAI (THA) $273,152.41
7. Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) $270,178.51
8. Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) $250,850.43
9. Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) $243,578.02
10. Richard T. LEE (CAN) $207,557.41
11. Younghan SONG (KOR) $198,106.59
12. Jason NORRIS (AUS) $195,421.00
13. Carlos PIGEM (ESP) $192,413.21
14. K.T. KIM (KOR) $180,466.93
15. Todd SINNOTT (AUS) $179,545.89
16. Shiv KAPUR (IND) $171,365.33
17. Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) $161,431.27
18. Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) $149,344.65
19. Anirban LAHIRI (IND) $145,150.00
20. Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 18 $132,422.29
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