Jack Nicklaus will be featured on a 5-pound ($9) note to be issued by Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc to commemorate his last appearance as a professional golfer in the British Open at St. Andrews.

The U.K.'s second-largest bank by assets, which sponsors the 65-year-old, will release the note on July 12, two days before the 134th Open. No living person other than a member of the British royal family has ever appeared on a Scottish or English banknote.

"That's pretty special," Nicklaus said on a conference call yesterday. "The tribute that RBS has done for me is unbelievable and one I have a hard time fathoming."

Nicklaus will play his 38th and last Open at the venue where he won two of his three titles, in 1970 and 1978.

Scottish commercial banks are allowed to print their own banknotes under a law passed in London's Houses of Parliament in 1845.

Nicklaus said he could think of no better way to end his career than at the so-called home of golf.

"When I went to St. Andrews in 1970 and won, it was like a Scot winning -- that's how they treated me," he said. "It's a very special place."

-- From News Services