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LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) _ The fans rose and cheered as Gary Player made his final walk to the 18th green at the British Open on Friday.

The 65-year-old South African, the only player in the 20th century to win the Open in three different decades (1959, '68 and '74), missed the cut at the 130th Open after an 11-over 82 in his second round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

A 2-foot bogey putt at the 18th was his last. Age limits mean he loses his exemption after this year.

``I've had 47 wonderful years of this tournament and I must say I've loved my time over here and I've supported this tournament to the hilt,'' said Player, whose first Open was in 1956 down the road at Hoylake. ``I love what it stands for, it's the oldest major championship _ history is attached to it to a large degree.

``I love people, I love golf and they gave me such a wonderful ovation on the last hole. It's something you will never forget in your life.''