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Katayama Soars at Phoenix Open

Shingo Katayama will never be mistaken for a soothsayer. Leading the Dunlop Phoenix Open through two rounds, the Japanese player expected to fade over the weekend in Miyazaki, Japan. He did anything-but. Katayama fired rounds of 66-68 over the weekend to better American Bob May by four strokes at 19-under-par.
 
Katayama joins Jumbo Ozaki (three times) and Tommy Nakajima as the only Japanese players to win their country's biggest event. He also earns $370,000 in the process.
 
'This is my third title of the season, and I have nothing to say but I'm just happy,' said Katayama. 'When you think of the history of this event, and the past champions, this victory is special.'
 
In addition to his countrymen, Katayama joins a winner's list that includes Seve Ballesteros, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Ernie Els.
 
Perhaps most intriguing about the 27-year-old Katayama - aside from the fact that he wears a cowboy hat on the course - is that he carries nothing longer than a 5-iron in his bag, instead electing to use five woods - a driver, 3-wood, 4-wood, 7-wood and 9-wood.
 
By his count, this is May's 26th runner-up finish as a pro. He has won once at the British Masters on the European Tour.