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MONDAY ANALYSIS

Diaz: Skins format still interesting, but 'real pressure' is gone

Diaz: Skins still interesting, but 'real pressure' is gone

Jaime Diaz and Tim Rosaforte size up The Challenge: Japan Skins and talk about how the latest version compared to its predecessors.
Isenhour: Future skins games need guys playing 'with their own skins'

Isenhour: Future skins games need guys playing 'with their own skins'

Tripp Isenhour gives his take on The Challenge: Japan Skins and the one tweak he would like to make to it.

Damron: The Challenge lacked 'real' trash talk, needling

Damron: The Challenge lacked 'real' trash talk, needling

The Morning Drive team shares analysis of The Challenge: Japan Skins.

Speed Golf: Is Thomas the best closer? Brooks vs. Rory, who has upper hand?

Speed Golf: Is Thomas the best closer? Brooks vs. Rory, who has upper hand?

Tripp Isenhour and Jaime Diaz tackle several hot topics in the latest edition of Speed Golf.

Diaz: 'Brooks is just being territorial and being an alpha dog'

Diaz: 'Brooks is just being territorial and being an alpha dog'

Jaime Diaz and Tim Rosaforte react to Rory McIlroy's response to having a rivalry with Brooks Koepka

WOODS BACK IN ACTION

Woods’ post-Masters struggles byproduct of lingering injury, not emotional hangover

Tiger Woods revealed this week he intended to get knee surgery last year after the Hero World Challenge, but his post-Masters struggles in 2019 are a byproduct of lingering injury and not an emotional hangover.

Captain Woods ready to see how Tiger will fare at Zozo

Tiger Woods admitted on Monday that he’s been “consumed” by his duties as captain of this year’s Presidents Cup team in recent weeks.

Woods delayed surgery after Tour Champ. win

News in August that Tiger Woods had undergone his fifth knee surgery was a surprise to many, but for the 43-year-old the procedure was long overdue.

Tiger Tracker: Woods turns focus from skins to Zozo

Coming off knee surgery, Tiger Woods is in Japan for Monday's Challege and this week's Zozo Championship. We're tracking him.

Tiger's knee feeling good: 'Nice to be able to squat down and read putts'

Tiger on knee: 'Nice to be able to squat down and read putts'

Tiger Woods is very optimistic about where his body and game are at ahead of the Zozo Championship.

Hoggard: 'High expectations' for Tiger after Japan Skins finish

Hoggard: 'High expectations' for Tiger after Japan Skins finish

Todd Lewis and Rex Hoggard share their key takeaways from The Challenge.

MGM RESORTS THE CHALLENGE: JAPAN SKINS

Randall's Rant: Tiger, Japan Skins pass tests

Monday’s Skins Game exhibition in Japan showed there is still room for made-for-TV exhibitions, especially involving a healthy and smiling Tiger Woods.

Watch: How Day won The Challenge: Japan Skins

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day competed Monday in the MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins. Here's a look at how the action played out.

Japan Skins was a fun break from the norm

The Challenge: Japan Skins wasn't always great golf and it wasn't high-stakes competition. But it was enjoyable, if you're willing to accept it as such.

Champ Day keeps Tiger winless in skins games

Jason Day won the 17th and 18th holes to rally and capture the MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins, over Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama.

Day beats Woods wearing vest off Tiger's back

Jason Day beat Tiger Woods and took his sweater vest at the MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM JAPAN

McIlroy: 'What Brooks said wasn’t wrong'

Rory McIlroy responded to recent comments made by Brooks Koepka regarding their rivalry – or lack thereof, depending on viewpoint – on Monday in Japan.

TAKEAWAYS FROM JAPAN SKINS

Breaking down The Challenge: Day wins, Tiger 'encouraging'

Breaking down The Challenge: Day wins, Tiger 'encouraging'

Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski share their key takeaways from The Challenge: Japan Skins.
Breaking down The Challenge: Tiger Woods

Breaking down The Challenge: Tiger Woods

Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski break down Tiger Woods' performance at The Challenge.

Breaking down The Challenge: Jason Day

Breaking down The Challenge: Jason Day

Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski break down Jason Day's performance at The Challenge.

SCHWAB CUP PLAYOFFS

Jimenez (63) takes Schwab Cup playoff opener

Miguel Angel Jimenez tied the course record with a 9-under 63 on Monday to win the rain-delayed Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the opening event of the Schwab Cup playoffs.

Highlights: Jimenez wins Schwab Cup playoff opener

Watch highlights from the Monday finish at Dominion Energy Charity Classic where Miguel Angel Jimenez prevailed.

Jimenez wins Schwab Cup opener: 'I just focused on my game'

Jimenez wins Schwab Cup opener: 'I just focused on my game'

Miguel Angel Jimenez recaps the keys to his victory at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Tolles stays alive in playoffs: 'Definitely a step in the right direction'

Tolles stays alive in playoffs: 'Definitely a step in the right direction'

Tommy Tolles assesses his runner-up finish at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

CJ CUP AT NINE BRIDGES

JT: ‘Not really a ceiling that I feel like I can't reach’

Justin Thomas wasn't ready to call himself the best closer in the game after his CJ Cup win Sunday, but he does feel like the sky's the limit.

Thomas up to world No. 4 following CJ Cup win

After winning the CJ Cup for the second time in three years, Justin Thomas is back to No. 4 in the latest world rankings.

CJ Cup: Justin Thomas

Thomas holds off Lee for second CJ Cup title

Justin Thomas picked up his 11th career PGA Tour title – and second CJ Cup victory in three years – on Sunday at Nine Bridges.

Spieth T-8, but ball-striking still 'work in progress'

Jordan Spieth fought back after another slow start Sunday at the CJ Cup to begin his 2019-20 season with a T-8 finish.

CJ Cup payout: Thomas collects $1.755 million

Here are the complete purse and FedExCup breakdowns for the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, where Justin Thomas won by two shots.

What's in the bag: CJ Cup champion Thomas

Justin Thomas won the CJ Cup for the second time in his PGA Tour career. Here's a look inside his bag.

GRILL ROOM

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Mickelson flexes with 'best calves in Asia'

Phil Mickelson's calf muscles have taken on a life of their own this year, and now the five-time major winner's lower leg muscles are officially a worldwide phenomenon.

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Watch: Romo doesn't see fake snake coming

When Tony Romo is in an NFL broadcast booth, he has the ability to predict plays before they happen. However, that skill doesn't necessarily transfer over to the golf course.

TOUR OF THE TOURS

Kang wins with short game, support from Mav

In a tight and tense final round, Danielle Kang successfully defended her title, overtaking Jessica Korda in the opening leg of the LPGA’s Asian swing.

Colsaerts snaps 7-year victory drought in Paris

Nicolas Colsaerts broke a seven-year victory drought on Sunday in Paris, hanging on to win the French Open by one shot with a final-round 72.