Senior Open waits for inspiring Nicholas

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He may be one of the last men in the field, but Australian Geoff Nicholas has earned his place in this week's Senior Open 2019 at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

A par at 18 brought Nicholas to an even-par 73 for the day, the Lakes GC member eventually survived a five-for-two play-off in Fairhaven to grab one of the last spots.

58-year-old Nicholas left his leg amputated at the age of 13.

He wrote a big thank you to his coaches, family and friends on Instagram.

"I have felt the weight of expectation on my shoulders this week and I am just very happy that I did not let you down. So great for me as a golfer to hold my courage today," wrote Nicholas.

“Golf with a handicap can mix with everyone. Golf is a game for all people, all circumstances, and as I have shown today, all ages! Being an old guy never felt so good!

“I hope I play well this week! Let's go Australia! "

Nicholas is a lifelong golfer who earned his card during the Australasian Tour in 1992.

He played in two Australian Opens (the cut in 1996) and two New Zealand Opens (the cut on both occasions and two decades later he tore it in the inaugural Australian All Abilities Championship at The Lakes last year.

Nicholas finished fourth there and was also part of Team Australia the following week at the ISPS Handa Disabled Golf Cup during the World Cup of Golf.

More than 500 golfers have spread it across four locations in the UK and Nicholas is now part of the 144-man field.

Fellow Australian John Wade also qualified in Fairhaven, while fellow countrymen Nicholas Robb and Paul Archbold, who shot the low round of the day on Hillside with a 1-under-71, will also play at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Australian tour legends Peter Fowler, Peter O & Malley, David McKenzie and Stephen Leaney also compete for their share of the $ US2 million prize pool.

Unfortunately, Peter Lonard missed a Senior Open berth due to one blow in his qualifying match, with Kiwi Michael Long who was only two short.

Eight-time champion Tom Watson heads the field, the American legend beat it in his 18th Senior Open at the age of 69.

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