It was the first time Pampling has led after one round of a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since his even-par 71 in the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie, the toughest links in golf.
What happened next is now part of golf trivia.
Pampling is the only player in the 142-year history of the British Open to lead after the first round and then miss the cut. He had an 86 in the second round.
Jack Nicklaus, 63, doesn't need to worry about taking someone's spot in the field. He birdied the last two holes for a 1-over 73, which left him nine strokes out of the lead but better off than several players half his age.
Nicklaus, still trying to decide whether to play in his 44th Masters, hit an iron into 30 feet on the 528-yard eighth hole for a two-putt birdie, then holed a 15-foot putt on his final hole, the par-3 ninth.
``I have a nonexistent short game and it showed,'' Nicklaus said, rarely satisfied. ``I hit the ball decently, but I had some sloppy swings and that sort of killed the round.''
Still, he was one stroke better than David Duval, who continues to struggle off the tee. Duval had to take an unplayable lie on the par-5 12th, leading to a double bogey, and he went out in 40 before rallying with an eagle-birdie start on his back nine.
``What do you do?'' Duval said. ``Come back and try again tomorrow.''
He'll have to try hard to make the cut for only the second time in four stroke-play tournaments. Seventy-six players broke par on the Blue Monster, which no longer lives up to its reputation without blustery conditions.