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Golf: Triple bogey sinks Kataoka, who falls to 21st at Sony Open

HONOLULU (Kyodo) -- Japan's Daisuke Kataoka fell further down the ranks into a seven-way tie for 21st place, after shooting a 1-under-par 69 on Saturday in the third round of the Sony Open.

    Kataoka, who started the day tied for 12th, carded five birdies, one bogie, and one triple bogey for an 8-under 202 total at the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii, plunging eight strokes behind leader Tom Hoge of the United States. Americans Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman are tied for second one stroke behind Hoge.

    The 29-year-old Kataoka started off strong with solid putts for birdies on Nos. 3, 5, and 6, but began to struggle when he sliced into the left rough and then missed a long par putt on No. 8. He ultimately lost his chance for a better round after a painful triple-bogey on No. 13 -- had he saved par, Kataoka would have been tied for eighth.

    After finding a green-side bunker with his second shot, Kataoka's third shot soared over the green leaving him 36 yards on the wrong side of the pin. His next approach attempt also failed to put him on the green.

    "The triple bogey on No. 13 was really frustrating," Kataoka said. "And the fact that the leaders aren't scoring so high makes it worse."

    "I got some distance on that bunker shot and ended up hitting a home run."

    But despite his frustration, Kataoka parred the remaining holes and finished strong with a birdie on No. 18.

    "Somehow I shot a birdie at the end, so I want explode on the last day," he said. "It's good that I was able to put that other stuff behind me. I'm aiming for a top 10 finish."

    Shugo Imahira, the only other remaining Japanese player at the tourney, shot an even-par 70 and dropped two spots to 65th.


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