British Open returns to its roots

Ernie Els of South Africa holds up the Claret Jug after winning the British Open golf championship...

Ernie Els of South Africa holds up the Claret Jug after winning the British Open golf championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, northern England July 22, 2012. (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:33 PM ET

With apologies to St. Andrews, which just might have better public relations, a pretty good case could be made for the hump of land on the the southern side of the Firth of Forth known as East Lothian being the true home of golf.

It, too, has its share of world-class links courses and roots to the beginnings of the game. Golf was played at Leith -- now a city park in nearby Edinburgh -- as far back as 1496.


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