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Legendary Japanese Golf Star Dies
Legendary golfer Teruo Sugihara died of prostate cancer on Wednesday at his home in Osaka Prefecture. He was 74.

Sugihara won 63 times, including once overseas -- the 1969 Hong Kong Open -- and six times on the senior tour, in a career of more than 50 years.

"It's very, very sad," said Tadashi Koizumi, chairman of the Japan Golf Tour Organization. "He played at the top level for so many years and was such a great inspiration to other golfers."

The Osaka native turned pro in 1957 and captured his first career title in 1962 at the Japan Open.

In 1998, Sugihara announced he had prostate cancer, but he continued to play while battling it.

He became the oldest player ever to make the cut in an event on the top-tier Japanese tour at the 2006 Tsuruya Open at the age of 68.

Earlier this year, Sugihara had his record streak of 51 consecutive appearances at The Crowns tournament snapped and had been in and out of the hospital.

"Sugihara-san taught me hard lessons when I was young," tour veteran Isao Aoki said. "I met him many times while he was battling cancer. I think he did so well against the cancer. It's just sad that the only player on the tour who was older than I passed away."

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