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Tour Confidential: What's next for Tiger Woods? Plus, Rory McIlroy's hot streak and the PGA Tour's drug policy

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Having rallied from the three shots back to win the WGC-Bridgestone, Rory McIlroy heads into this week's PGA Championship riding back-to-back victories.

5. The PGA Championship starts this week, just two weeks after the conclusion of the British Open and barely long enough for golf fans to get a breather. What would be your ideal major order and schedule?

PASSOV: On at least six occasions in the 1960s, the PGA Championship was contested the very next week following the British Open, so the current arrangement isn't the worst it's ever been. I'd love to see the PGA played in September, not only for spacing but also for the venues it would open up that would be better fits than in early August. That said, a September PGA would get killed by football, as the Tour Championship in October seems to. Of course, it's still early in the football season, and the Ryder Cup seems to get plenty of eyeballs in September, so maybe this would work. I might lobby for February dates, as the PGA did in 1971, when Jack Nicklaus won at Florida's PGA National. We'd get some warm-weather sites into the mix and it would fill the post Super-Bowl void.

BAMBERGER: Mid-April for the Masters, mid-May for the PGA, mid-June for the U.S. Open, mid-July for the British Open. Return the Players to March. Take August off. In this regard, the French have the right idea.

GODICH: I've got no problem with the schedule: four majors over a five-month stretch is ideal. Once we get to Labor Day, it's all about the football.

VAN SICKLE: The majors are in the correct order. Moving the PGA to February or March would have a weird pre-season feel to it. If anything was going to move, it ought to be the Akron WGC event. It, the PGA, the British and the FedEx Cup make seven must-play events in nine weeks -- a bit much. That would ease the late-season load.

SHIPNUCK: I like it how it is. There's a great buildup to the Masters, and you can't beat the intensity of the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am summer major season.

LYNCH: Keep the same order but bring forward the U.S. Open and push back the PGA.

RITTER: Why not slide the PGA back a couple weeks and sneak it in just before football season? That would stagger the summer's biggest events one month apart, which would be a (wait for it) major improvement.

MORFIT: I'm good with it. Let's get it played and call it a season, at least as far as the majors go. I'd guess Rory agrees.

SENS: You’ve got to start with the Masters, or what would CBS do with all that birdsong they play to herald spring? But after that I’d go with the PGA Championship, followed by the U.S. Open, then the Open Championship. As it stands, with the weak-link PGA closing out the rota, our major season ends with a whisper, not a bang.

6. Who’s your pick to win the PGA Championship?

PASSOV: The forecast calls for temperatures between 84-88 degrees, with winds less than 10 miles per hour each day. Middle of August, high humidity, small but legitimate chances of rain Wednesday and Thursday. All of this adds up to a soft golf course. I'm picking Rory McIlroy to win -- by 10 shots.

VAN SICKLE: I can't think of a reason not to stick with my British Open picks: Rory if it's soft conditions and Sergio if it's firm conditions. I should've bet that quinella at Hoylake.

BAMBERGER: Patrick Reed. Perfect draw course. He's overdue, the baby's sleeping through the night, he's over the embarrassment. P. Reed: The new Dufner, without the odd charm.

GODICH: Since we're headed to the town that hosts the biggest horse race in the world, a racing analogy seems applicable. I'll ride the hot horse. I also like that the guy has the ability to hit it exceptionally long and straight, a combination that will work quite nicely on a 7,500-yard track that figures to play soft. Rory wins in Secretariat-like fashion and gets halfway to the McIlslam.

RITTER: Rory deserves to be the favorite, but it feels like it's time for Adam Scott to cement his status as one of the stars of golf's new era and become a multi major-winner. He's done everything this year except win one of the big ones, and he's my pick.

MORFIT: I like Rory right now on any course that has 18 holes. And the way he's driving the ball -- like Tiger in his prime -- I especially like him at a course where Woods has won a PGA.

SENS: Joost Luiten. Sorry. Text-predict error. Meant to type Rory McIlroy. How can you go against the game's biggest talent when his head is screwed on perfectly right.

LYNCH: Losing seems to hurt Sergio less than it used to. I’m not sure if that is due to blossoming maturity or fatalistic resignation, but I think he’ll challenge at Valhalla. Dark horse: Geoff Ogilvy, who returned to the winner’s circle on Tour this week, not that anyone noticed with Rory’s performance.

SHIPNUCK: Well, you gotta go with Rory, especially since rain is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Long, hot, soft...that's right in his wheelhouse.

The Tour Confidential roundtable continues Monday on our new weekly show hosted by Jessica Marksbury. Tweet her your questions @Jess_Marksbury.

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