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January 5 2013

10:30 AM

Former TOUR member Sasaki, 48, dies

Hisayuki Sasaki represented Japan in the 1995 World Cup. (Munday/Getty Images)

Hisayuki Sasaki, who played 19 events as a member of the PGA TOUR in 1996, has died at the age of 48.

Sasaki, a three-time winner on the Japanese tour, qualified for the PGA TOUR via q-school in 1995. He netted three top-25 finishes in 1996, his best being a tie for 20th at the Buick Invitational. Overall in his PGA TOUR career, Sasaki played in 28 PGA TOUR events between 1995-98. He finished tied for 31st in his lone major championship start at the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews.

At one point, one point, Sasaki was inside the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The Tokyo native also represented Japan in the World Cup of Golf in 1995, where he finished second in the individual standings to Davis Love III, falling in a five-hole playoff.

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