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Kataoka savours breakthrough victory at Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup

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Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka birdied three of his last five holes for a closing one-under-par 70 to win his first Asian Tour title by two shots at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup on Sunday.

Kataoka, who started the round one shot back, held his nerve to defeat his playing partners and overnight leaders Poom Sakansin of Thailand and countryman Tadahiro Takayama with a winning total of 12-under-par 272 at the Caledonian Golf Club. 

Poom moved four clear after sinking two birdies in his opening eight holes but a costly triple-bogey seven on the ninth saw his lead reduced to one. The 24-year-old Thai slipped further with bogeys on 12 and 15 but he gained a shot back on 17 to sign for an eventual 73.

Poom settled for a share of second place with Takayama, who also returned with a 73 after marking his card with three birdies against five bogeys, at the ¥‎150 million (approximately US$1.37 million) event.

Korean duo K.T. Kim, Younghan Song and Japan’s Shugo Imahira shared fourth place on 275 following respective rounds of 66, 68 and 70 at the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).

Scores after round 4

272 - Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 67-69-66-70.

274 - Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 68-66-67-73, Tadahiro TAKAYAMA (JPN) 62-66-73-73.

275 - K.T. KIM (KOR) 64-75-70-66, Younghan SONG (KOR) 66-70-71-68, Shugo IMAHIRA (JPN) 67-67-71-70.

276 - Sungjae IM (KOR) 69-69-73-65, David OH (USA) 68-73-68-67, Matthew GRIFFIN (AUS) 69-68-70-69.

277 - Yosuke ASAJI (JPN) 67-72-70-68, I.J. JANG (KOR) 69-69-69-70, HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 69-67-69-72.

278 - Angelo QUE (PHI) 72-66-74-66, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 66-68-74-70, Yujiro OHORI (JPN) 69-67-71-71.

279 - S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) 71-69-72-67, Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 68-70-73-68, Shota AKIYOSHI (JPN) 71-70-70-68.

280 - Michael HENDRY (NZL) 70-71-72-67, Keiichiro FUKABORI (JPN) 69-71-72-68, Ryuko TOKIMATSU (JPN) 70-70-73-67, Shunsuke SONODA (JPN) 67-75-72-66, Johannes VEERMAN (USA) 71-69-71-69, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 65-71-74-70, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 70-71-69-70.