Monty: Rory is better than Tiger

Golf legend Colin Montgomerie has stated he believes Rory McIlroy is better than Tiger Woods was at the peak of his playing career.

Montgomerie, who won eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, believes the current world number one has shown he is a greater golfer than Woods ever was. Woods has recently returned to golf from a back injury and watching him has been painful for fans, as he is nothing like the player he once was. 

He said: "Tiger Woods is going to come back into the frame. 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: one level beyond where Tiger was."

In the same interview Montgomerie went further, backing the Northern Irishman to win four Majors in a row.

Monty said: "Can he win all four in a year? That's another question on people's lips within our game. Can he win all four in a year, never mind two? That means six in a row. Wow, that'll be something."

"If you're a betting man – I'm sure there's a lot of people putting money on it – I'm sure it's a 100-1 shot but it's worth a punt."