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EDINBURGH Castle has taken centre stage in a new TV advert promoting Scotland as the home of golf ahead of The Open Championship at Muirfield next week.

A soldier is seen driving golf balls off the landmark’s ramparts while the One o’Clock Gun is fired.

The £400,000 adverts are being run this week on NBC in the US and Sky Sports in the UK during the Scottish Open tournament, which is being held at Castle Stuart in Inverness.

Numb-ledon champ Andy’s painful return

UNTIL Sunday, tennis fans in Britain had suffered years in pain waiting for a home-grown Wimbledon champion.

But the joy experienced by Andy Murray has proved short lived.

The Scots ace has been enjoying himself since his Centre Court heroics, including reportedly picking up a £10,000 bar tab.

However, his mood took a hit yesterday, as he tweeted: “Just got done with the dentist. Back down to earth with a bang . . . #numb #dribble”

Des on ball for big race

CAPITAL FM breakfast DJ Des Clarke has been limbering up for the Great Edinburgh Run 10k on Sunday with a little help from Livingston FC.

He joined up with the squad for pre-season training ahead of the race, in which he will raise funds for Help A Capital Child.

Army girl’s close shave

AS Edinburgh swelters in the heat, one brave nine-year-old has taken a drastic step to keep cool – while raising £1300 for charity.

Jayme-Leigh Muirhead, whose dad, Benni, is a soldier, followed in the footsteps of singer Jessie J and had her head shaved at Dreghorn Barracks in aid of forces charities.