Originally Posted by LuciusWooding
If the course was set up so easily, how come he won by 8 shots?
Apparently you do not understand the difference between absolute scoring (look at the average score of the guys making the cut, or the top 20) and relative scoring (look at the distribution of the scores among the players).
He won by 8 shots because he was 8 shots better than the next best player. That has nothing to do with how easy or difficult the course set-up was. The course was an "easy" set-up for a US Open because the scores of the field were lower. For example, in the 2011 US Open the top 20 players averaged 279.65. In 2000 the top 20 players averaged 289.95, more than 10 shots higher. If we take Tiger and Rory our of the respective averages it is even more lopsided. The 2011 average goes up to 280.26 while the 2000 average goes up to 290.89. So which is a more impressive score, a 268 when the rest of the top 20 average 280.26 or 272 when the rest of the top 20 average 290.89? Yet the 268 is the record. My point is that it is a record that greatly depends on the difficulty, or lack therein, of the course set-up.
To add to the comparison, in 1980 Jack set the record at 272, the same score Tiger shot in 2000 to tie the then record. The next 19 guys in 1980 averaged 281.21. This was regarded as one of the easiest US Open course set-ups - yet the 2011 US Open resulted in an even lower average.
So when we compare Rory's play to date and Tiger's 96-97 period not only is Tiger's wins/events waaaay better, whether or not we include the euro events since Rory went full time, but iger's record setting major is more impressive than Rory's record setting major because Tiger BOTH set the scoring record and the winning margin record (speaking now of the 1997 Masters), while Rory set the scoring record only on a course set-up that was one of the easiest on record for that event.
Which all supports my point that Rory has not yet reached the level of Tiger's96-97 play, let alone his later, even more dominating, periods.
Let's let the guy establish a playing record before we start according him all time great status. He well may get there - but he has to do it.