Golf: Jack Nicklaus will become an honorary citizen of the town of St. Andrews

DUBLIN, Ohio – Jack Nicklaus will return to St. Andrews, where he will be made an honorary citizen.

Nicklaus won two of his three British Opens at St. Andrews and chose the Old Course in 2005 to play his last major tournament.

He has already received an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews and this new honor makes him join a very select club. The only other Americans to be made freemen of St. Andrews are Bobby Jones, in 1958, and Benjamin Franklin, in 1759.

The honor conferred on Nicklaus comes from the Royal Burgh of St. Andrews City Council. It is the equivalent of the “Freedom of the City” granted to Jones.

Nicklaus retired in his last appearance at St. Andrews, his 164th major tournament. He won 18, a record. He was dropped from the weekend rounds in 2005, but concluded his second and final round with a birdie in front of thousands of people, many of them on the balconies or behind the windows of the buildings surrounding the Old Course.

The 82-year-old will be honored on July 12. He will attend this ceremony, but has warned that he will not play in the competition of champions, a four-hole round between the former champions of the tournament presented the Monday before the British Open.

“I won’t even bring my clubs,” he warned.

The University of St. Andrews will take the opportunity to offer honorary doctorates to golf legends Lee Trevino, Sandy Lyle, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bob Charles and Catriona Matthew.

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