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Jack Nicklaus to call it a day at St Andrews

Jack Nicklaus said Monday the Open will be the end of his tournament career.

Nicklaus, 65, will play the Open at St. Andrews for the last time when the tournament is held July 14-17. He has not played in the Open since it was last held at St. Andrews in 2000, and is returning only because the Royal & Ancient Golf Club moved up the Old Course in the rotation to give Nicklaus one last chance.

Open champions are exempt until they are 65. Nicklaus won the claret jug three times, including twice at St. Andrews in 1970 and 1978.

``From a tournament standpoint that will be it for me,'' Nicklaus said Monday during a promotional appearance in Britain. ``I will play a few skins games and father-sons, but from any kind of tournament involvement, that's it.

``I love St. Andrews,'' Nicklaus said. ``It's been a great part of my career.''

Nicklaus missed the cut at the Masters and said he would no longer play that major. On his final hole, he brushed away tears and hugged his oldest son, Jackie, who was caddying for him.

``I expect I'll be just as emotional at St. Andrews,'' Nicklaus said. ``I'm a sentimental old fool. I enjoy being part of history and what's going on, but I don't consider myself competitive any more. Hopefully when I get to St. Andrews I will have some kind of game. It won't be great, but I hope not to embarrass myself. I will enjoy it.''

Nicklaus came to England to promote a golf and property development in Spain.

 

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