Chris Cutmore quotes Colin Montgomerie as saying (breathlessly no doubt) that Rory now is better than Tiger at an point in his run, including 2000.
From the story:
"Tiger Woods is going to come back into the frame,' Mongomerie told Kicca.com when discussing next year's Masters. 'Is he going to be able to get back, not just to the levels he was but better than that? Because that’s where Rory McIlroy's taken the standard of golf: to one level beyond where Tiger was."
I'm pretty confident that we can drop today's Rory on a super firm, fast golf course and he's still going to struggle. Throw in some wind and he's just not there. Great player, but it's shockingly shallow, even for Monty, to make that case. But it worked, we're giving him the attention he craves.