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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  June 18, 2012 01:17 PM

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...That's the four-round score that no one at the 112th US Open was able to attain. The winner of the tournament was Webb Simpson, who finished with a 1-over-par, 281 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. The US Open has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation as golf's toughest major -- Ben Hogan won back-to-back opens in 1950 and 1951 with 7-over-par scores -- but it seems sometimes the folks at the United States Golf Association derive sadistic pleasure in making the best golfers in the world look like dilettante weekend duffers. This tournament featured the longest par-5 in US Open history, the 670-yard 16th. The US Open provided great drama with both Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk having an opportunity to tie Simpson and force a playoff on the 18th hole, but it didn't deliver a commensurate amount of great golf. If I wanted to watch golfers chunk shots, hit into the woods, miss greens by a mile, and struggle to shoot par then I'd head to a local municipal golf course. I want to see the world's best doing what they do best, not making finishing par for the course look like an Augean feat. You knew the USGA was going to come back with a vengeance after Rory McEllroy's 16-under tour de force last year at Congressional, where he broke the US Open scoring record by four strokes. But is it too much to ask for the course set-up to be demanding yet fair?

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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