Truth & Rumors: Bomb squad called to Pebble Beach Golf Links

Truth & Rumors: Bomb squad called to Pebble Beach Golf Links

In what might be the strangest news in golf this year, a police bomb squad was called to Pebble Beach Golf Links on Monday, according to the UPI.

A beachcomber reported early Sunday he had found what looked like two pipe-bombs taped together at the base of a 40-foot cliff near the Monterey, Calif., course's 9th hole, Bay City News reported Monday.
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office called in a bomb squad, which examined the suspicious-looking device and rendered it safe.
Investigators said they could not determine for sure what it was, but it appeared to be configured in a way similar to explosives, KSBW-TV, Salinas, reported.
Authorities said the incident remained under investigation.

Tiger on next win: Whenever it happens, it happensTiger Woods, currently the fifth-ranked player in the world, hasn't won a tournament in nearly a year and a half and has yet to card a top-10 finish this season. Though his chances of returning to his old form might look bleak to golf fans around the world, the former World No. 1 says he isn't overly concerned as he heads into this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

I'm looking forward to playing again this week at Doral, where I've had good success in the past. It's one of the tougher courses we play, especially when the wind blows. There are some good risk-and-reward holes, so you can get it going if your game is sharp.

Pretty generic stuff from a guy who used to win majors with his C-game, but Tiger's never been one to open up to the media or the general public. His comment on his current winless streak sums up his current if somewhat shocking state of mind pretty well:

"When will I win again? Whenever it happens, it happens. I'm just going to keep trying to progress."

Not the kind of thing anyone would have expected to come out of the mouth of a 14-time major champion, but in light of his struggles over the last year or so, it's not really all that surprising. Maybe someone should tell him his mindset is as much to blame for his slump as his other issues. Until he gets his mojo back, it's unlikely we'll see Tiger hoisting any more trophies. McIlroy concerned about lack of winsDespite making a ton of money and getting a lot of publicity, young Irish sensation Rory McIlroy has only two wins in his professional career — the Dubai Desert Classic in '09, and the Wells Fargo Championship in '10. Not bad, but McIlroy is concerned that he hasn't been able to convert more opportunities, which have included 28 top-10 finishes. To try and remedy the situation he's turned to fellow Northern Ireland star Graeme McDowell, whose monster 2010 season elevated him to elite status on the world tours.

"I just want to start winning some regular PGA Tour events. I've only won twice and I want to get the win tally up a little bit. I have had a lot of conversations with Graeme about course management. That is why I like playing with him; his game is so much different than mine. If I can take a little bit of his game and imbed it in my game, it would help. I am a little too instinctive."

So far in 2011 McIlroy has two top-10 finishes, one in Dubai and the other in Abu Dhabi. If he wants to win more regular PGA Tour events, he better start thinking about actually playing on the PGA Tour once in a while. Tweet of the Day Rory @McIlroyRory: Best part of @TheChristinaKim apart from her world class golf and great sense of humour are her tremendous _ _ _ _ 😉