Nick Faldo had other ideas.
Faldo persuaded Nicklaus to stop Monday on St. Andrews' famous stone bridge in the middle of the 18th fairway. The reason? Faldo wanted to get a picture of himself and his 16-year-old son alongside the Golden Bear.
Matthew Faldo is caddying for his father during the practice rounds leading up to Thursday's start of the tournament.
``He wanted a picture with him and his son,'' Nicklaus said. ``I had no intent of stopping, but Nick wanted to get a picture. Obviously, he had that all teed up to start with.''
Faldo, who was inspired to take up the game by Nicklaus' brilliance, wanted a special memento from the golfing great's final Open.
``I got my picture on the bridge with Jack,'' Faldo said proudly, having made sure his son also got in the frame. ``I thought that was a pretty neat picture for him, as well.''
Everyone got into the act. The other members of the group, Fred Couples and Bart Bryant, took advantage of the chance to pose with Nicklaus.
Bernhard Langer got a last-minute spot in his 27th British Open.
The German received a spot in the field Monday when Japan's Shingo Katayama withdrew with an injury.
Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden and Brian Davis of England also were added after American Jay Haas and David Howell of England dropped out, citing injuries.
Langer tied for second at the Open in 1981 and '84, and he's been third four times. The two-time Masters champion was captain of Europe's winning Ryder Cup team last year.
SPECIAL RBS PAIRING
The Royal Bank of Scotland appears to have plenty of pull at the British Open, at least when it comes to the pairings.
Jack Nicklaus and England's Luke Donald - who both have endorsement deals with RBS - were paired together for the first and second rounds at St. Andrews.
Their group also includes five-time Open champion Tom Watson.
The 65-year-old Nicklaus will be playing in the final major of his storied career, while Donald is perhaps the best hope for giving the Open its first British champion since Paul Lawrie in 1999.
Three-time winner Nick Faldo said the pairing with Nicklaus should benefit Donald, even though he'll have to cope with all the furor surrounding the Golden Bear's farewell.
``I think it will be a help because Jack is a great competitor and he's still a competitor,'' Faldo said. ``He still wants to play and he understands the strategy of the golf course as well. He knows where to play smart. So I would have thought that would be a good draw for Luke.''
Nicklaus wanted to make his Open farewell at the course where he won in 1970 and '78. The Royal & Ancient juggled its normal course rotation to put this year's tournament at St. Andrews.
To mark the occasion, RBS will issue currency with Nicklaus' picture during the Open. The bank has been issuing its own notes since 1727, and Nicklaus will be the only living person to appear on a Scottish note besides the Queen and the late Queen Mother.
``I picked St. Andrews to end my career because they've taken me as one of theirs,'' Nicklaus said after a practice round Monday. ``In the States, they have a purely sports gallery. There's nothing wrong with that, but over here it's purely a golfing gallery, and it means a lot to me as well as other people. It's an appropriate place to end my career.''
Jim Furyk started his British Open career like a champion-in-the-making.
Then he came to St. Andrews.
Five years ago, Furyk finished in a tie for 41st at the birthplace of golf. He hasn't made the cut since.
That's a striking change from Furyk's first three Opens. He finished fourth in his 1997 debut at Royal Troon, followed by a tie for fourth in '98 at Royal Birkdale and a tie for 10th at Carnoustie in '99.
Coming off a victory at the Western Open, Furyk believes he knows the reason for his troubles in the British Open. After joining the PGA Tour, he altered his swing to get more height on his shots.
``I grew up hitting the ball a little lower and flatter. I was comfortable in the wind,'' he said. ``But I make my living and my career over there.''
Furyk said he may switch from a Callaway to a Hogan ball. He used the Hogan last year and found its trajectory was much lower.
``I'll have to adjust and try to do a little better over here,'' Furyk said.
There are six amateurs in the field. ... Tiger Woods, who won the last Open at St. Andrews in 2000, was grouped with Jose Maria Olazabal and Robert Allenby.