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Last Updated: Friday, 15 July, 2005, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
Nicklaus makes emotional farewell
Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus' glittering Open career came to an end at St Andrews on Friday when the three-times champion missed the cut after shooting a 72.

The 65-year-old American bogeyed the second but then claimed two birdies to revive hopes of making the weekend.

Dropped shots at the 12th and 17th ended his challenge, but he finished on a high with another birdie at the last.

With applause following him all the way, Nicklaus had to wipe away a tear after sinking his final putt.

Afterwards Nicklaus admitted the final hole was "just a blur".

He said: "Coming down the stretch I really wanted to make the cut because the people were so wonderful.

He has always been the consummate professional both in victory and defeat
Tom Watson on Jack
"But when I messed up the 17th that was the moment I knew I wasn't going to do it.

"From there on it was just a blur. It was like 1978 all over again.

"I gave it my best this week and the best was a 147. I'm just glad it wasn't 165.

JACK NICKLAUS FACTFILE
Born: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 65
Turned pro: 1961
Record: 70 tournament wins, 18 majors
US Open: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980
US Masters: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
US PGA: 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980
The Open: 1966, 1970, 1978
Ryder Cup: P17 W8 L3
Helped US to five wins and a draw
Walker Cup: P4 W4
Helped US to two wins
"I will miss the competition, and I was close to being competitive. But it's time to hang it up and pass it over. I am quite comfortable with that."

"I have got a lot of things I want to do in my life and with my family."

Playing partner Tom Watson, who just survived the cut after finishing on one over, held back his own tears to pay tribute to his old friend and 18-times major winner.

"Playing with Jack in his final round was quite an experience," said Watson.

"That was just a very small appreciation that the people around the world have for him and the way he has conducted himself.

"He has always been the consummate professional both in victory and defeat."




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