The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is to honour the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus by issuing a special commemorative £5 banknote bearing his image. Apart from Her Majesty the Queen and the late Queen Mother, Nicklaus will be the only living person ever to have appeared on a Scottish note. RBS will issue a total of two million of the Nicklaus commemorative £5 pound notes, which will go into circulation on 14th July, the first day of The Open Championship at St Andrews.
“I think that the honour that RBS has given me with the £5 note is unbelievable. It is something that I have a hard time describing,” said Nicklaus, who has been an RBS ambassador since 2003. “It’s one of the most memorable honours that I‘ve had in my career.”
Howard Moody, group director of communications at RBS said, “Jack Nicklaus has long been the gold standard by which other golfers have been measured, and we felt that this was an appropriate way to honour his contribution to the game, to St Andrews and the Open Championship. He is a great sportsman and this is a fitting tribute to an outstanding career.”
A three-time winner of the tournament, Nicklaus won titles at St Andrews in 1970 and 1978, and will be playing his 38th and final Open Championship this week.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS Group) serves 35 million customers worldwide and employs over 136,500 people, including 26,000 in the USA.