Rory McIlrory provided little drama Sunday afternoon en route to his record-setting U.S. Open win.

Unlike at the Masters in April, the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland didn't squander away a 54-hole lead.

McIlrory cruised to an eight-shot victory, posting a four-round score of 16-under-par.

At the Masters, McIlroy took a four-shot lead into the final round — and was still leading when he began play on the back nine — only to finish with the day with an 8-over-par 80, dropping him down to a tie for 15th.

Sunday, he became the second-youngest golfer ever to win a major championship. Only Tiger Woods was younger.

Despite not being able to play in the U.S. Open due to an injury, Woods' name was mentioned throughout the weekend, usually linked with McIlroy's.

The comparisons between McIlroy and Woods will certainly continue.

McIlroy's performance at the U.S. Open was vintage Tiger.

For the better part of a decade, Woods was seemingly untouchable atop golf leaderboards.

He had no true rival.

Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and countless others tried to match Woods shot-for-shot, but always missed the hole.

He may never return to being the golfer who won 14 majors, second-most behind Jack Nicklaus' 18.

Yet, it's good for golf when Woods is not only competing, but near or at the top of leaderboards. Just look at the TV ratings for this past weekend.

That doesn't mean I want Woods to win tournaments. I don't. In fact, I wouldn't mind if he never won another tournament.

But it would be stupid not to recognize his importance to golf.

He's the Michael Jordan of the sport, arguably the greatest of all time.

Is McIlroy next in the long line of great golfers?

He certainly looks the part. He might even become one of the all-time greats.

Currently, he's the best golfer in the world. He's also only 22.

However, he's still 13 majors away from Woods. By comparison, Mickelson, Singh and Els have only 10 major victories combined.

Yet, McIlroy's dominating performance at the U.S. Open has shot him to the top of the golfing world.

Even if Woods returns to his former self, he may now have a rival. Even if it's a decade too late.

Luckily, golf isn't as dependent on Woods as it was, say, five years ago. While the TV ratings were down without Woods in the field, there are many young golfers from around the world who should create for exciting tournaments in the future.

If you haven't seen the "Golf Boys" music video on YouTube, please do so now.

Golf needs personalities like those four to make the game more enjoyable for the casual golf fan who hopes to break 90 when he plays.

It also needs more future performances like the one McIlroy put on this past weekend.

But until EA Sports makes a Rory McIlroy video game, he's not in Woods' company just yet.