Els lurks behind unheralded Daisuke Kataoka at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Sat 04 May 2013

Els lurks behind unheralded Daisuke Kataoka at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, May 4: Little known Japanese Daisuke Kataoka shot a solid six-under-par 66 to lead by one-shot over a relentless Ernie Els of South Africa and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in the third round of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Saturday.
Kataoka birdied the last two holes for 11-under-par 205 to steal the limelight from reigning Open Championship winner Els, who shot a 68 at the US$750,000 full field Asian Tour event.
Wiesberger, who finished tied seventh in last year’s edition, carded a 67 to stay in the title hunt while Asian Tour rookie Richard T. Lee of Canada was a further shot back in fourth place after he signed for a 67 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
The 24-year-old Kataoka shot the best round of the day highlighted by eight birdies against two bogeys to lead an Asian Tour tournament for the first time since turning professional in 2007.
Daisuke Kataoka of Japan Daisuke Kataoka of Japan
“I’m striking the ball very good. My putting was normal on the first two days but it was great today. I never changed anything, somehow I just felt more confident with my putting. I’ve mastered the speed of the greens and that made my round slightly easier,” said Kataoka, an Asian Tour member since 2011.
The Japanese hopes to preserve his lead and win his first Asian Tour victory but knows that it will be a close call as four other players are within four shots of his lead.
“This is the first time I’m leading a tournament. When I looked at the scores, I saw many good players chasing me so I hope to have some luck to win! It won’t be easy,” said the Japanese, who played baseball before reverting to golf.
South Africa’s Els bounced back from jetlag to shoot five birdies, including one on the last, against one bogey to put himself in prime position of winning his first title this year.
“My body felt good and my concentration was pretty good as well. I just try to hang in there. I hit a lot of good shots, missed a lot of putts and in the end I grinded out a 68,” said Els, who has won over 60 titles worldwide.
“I was pretty consistent the whole day. I played well and it was one of those days where I tried to stay in the tournament. I was trying to get to 12-under but that didn’t quite happen. I’m one shot behind and I just wanted to stay in the mix which I managed to do.”
The world number 24 was surprised to be in contention as overnight leader Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand slipped back to tied sixth place following a 75.
“Thongchai played well yesterday but thankfully for us chasing him, he had a slow day and we now have a host of players that can win tomorrow. So it should be a great day. It’ll be tough to break away from the chasing pack and it’s important to stick to your game plan. It’ll be interesting to watch,” he smiled.
Bernd Wiesberger of Austria Bernd Wiesberger of Austria
Wiesberger, winner of the 2012 Ballantine’s Championship in Korea, is confident his consistent ball-striking will guide him to victory.
“I’m pretty sure I’m one of the best ball strikers here so I know that I’m not going to miss a lot of fairways. I’m going to give myself lots of opportunities so I don’t see why I won’t win,” said the towering Austrian.
Thongchai struggled to stretch his overnight two-shot lead. He needs a top-three finish this week to jump inside of the top-60 on the Official World Golf Rankings and give himself a strong chance of qualifying for the U.S. Open next month.
Scores after round 3 of the CIMB NIAGA Indonesian Masters being played at the par 72, 7340 Yards Royale Jakarta GC course (a- denotes amateur):
205 - Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 70-69-66.
206 - Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 67-72-67, Ernie ELS (RSA) 68-70-68.
207 - Richard T. LEE (CAN) 72-68-67.
208 - HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 70-68-70.
209 - MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 72-69-68, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 71-69-69, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 70-69-70, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 69-69-71, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 69-65-75.
210 - David LUTTERUS (AUS) 68-73-69, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 72-69-69, Ryan MCCARTHY (AUS) 70-70-70, HWANG Inn-choon (KOR) 66-74-70, Unho PARK (AUS) 68-72-70, Angelo QUE (PHI) 70-70-70, Wade ORMSBY (AUS) 69-68-73.
211 - Simon DYSON (ENG) 69-74-68, Joonas GRANBERG (FIN) 73-69-69, Arnond VONGVANIJ (THA) 68-74-69, Jason KNUTZON (USA) 68-74-69, Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 69-72-70, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 71-68-72, Scott HEND (AUS) 66-72-73, Scott BARR (AUS) 68-68-75.
212 - Kodai ICHIHARA (JPN) 73-70-69, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 70-73-69, Zaw MOE (MYN) 70-73-69, Adam BLYTH (AUS) 71-71-70, Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 69-73-70, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 72-73-67.
213 - Iain STEEL (MAS) 70-73-70, Anthony KANG (USA) 73-71-69, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 68-73-72, Kieran PRATT (AUS) 70-68-75.
About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group holds around 97.94% of the stakes in CIMB Niaga. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 971 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 March 2013, including 592 branches, 350 Mikro Laju units (including 21 outlets attached to a branch), and 50 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,300 employees.
CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Myanmar). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, the US, UK and Korea. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of USD18.4 billion as at 31 March 2013. The Group has over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.