Tom Watson closed out his British Open career with his worst score ever at St. Andrews.

Not that it mattered.

In the dwindling Scottish light, Watson shot an 8-over 80 and finished with five straight bogeys Friday, his farewell put off until nearly 10 p.m. after a morning rain delay. Several thousand people hung around for the end, saluting the five-time Open champion with raucous cheers and a chant of "hip, hip, hooray!"

The 65-year-old Watson moaned about his performance, calling himself "a hack" and complaining that he "stunk up the place."

No one cared about his score. This was a chance to salute Watson and watch him make one last crossing of the Swilcan Bridge, the famous stone arch over the burn on the 18th fairway.