Three-way tie at the top

Thu 13 Jun 2013

Three-way tie at the top

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Samui, Thailand, June 13: Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka continued his fine form by firing a flawless six-under-par 65 to grab a share of the morning round lead with Finland’s Jaakko Makitalo and Malaysia’s Danny Chia at the THB 9.6 million (approximately US$312,000) Queen’s Cup on Thursday.
Kataoka, who served notice of his talent in Indonesia last month by battling his way into contention against a host of elite players that included Major winner Ernie Els, is confident of notching another impressive result this week.
“I putted really well today. I’m glad that I able to pick up my form from the last event,” said Kataoka, who equalled his best performance on the Asian Tour with his third place finish then.
“I’m happy to be among the leaders and I look forward to the next three days where hopefully, I can remain in contention,” added the Japanese.
After missing the cut in two of his last three events on the Asian Tour, Makitalo breathed new life into his title challenge at the Santiburi Samui Country Club.
“I don’t really think about why I missed the cut, where I missed or how I missed. There’re a million reasons why you can miss a cut but I’ve been practising a lot back home and it has paid off today,” said Makitalo.
It was also a huge turnaround for the Finn as he had to make an early exit after rounds of 86 and 80 at the Queen’s Cup last year.
“I came into this week feeling that my game was better than last year. This course can be tough if you don’t find the fairways. I was hitting it extremely well missing only about two fairways and that really helped,” said Makitalo.
Chia, who holds the distinction of being the first Malaysian winner on the Asian Tour when he won the Taiwan Open back in 2002, traded seven birdies against a lone bogey on the par-four 12th to enjoy an encouraging start as well.
“I’m pleased with how I play especially my putting. My iron play was also consistent and apart from the last hole where I hit the ball into the water, I’m happy with how the day went,” said Chia.
While it has been more than a decade since Chia’s lone victory, the Malaysian believes his next win will come if he continues to remain patient.
“It’s only the first day and I prefer to stay patient. If I see an opportunity, I’ll try to grab it. The putts need to drop more often like today and if they can, it’ll be good,” added the Malaysian.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Queen’s Cup is held in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit and is one of four tournaments in Thailand to feature on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season after establishing itself as a players’ organisation in 2004.
The weekend rounds of the Queen’s Cup will be broadcast live on True Sport and will also feature on the Asian Tour Golf and Highlights show.
Queen’s Cup Bangkok Airways – SAT Samui Golf Tournament 2013 is mainly sponsored by Bangkok Airways, Sports Authority of Thailand, Santiburi Samui Country Club, Bangkok Hospital Group, PTT Co.,Ltd, Bangkok Bank, Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group, Tourism Authority of Thailand and co-sponsored by Four Seasons Resort, Samui Palm Beach Resort and Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam.
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