"It was just, 'How do I get away from this pain?"
"Some of the other players knew what I was struggling with".
The Englishman two-putted the last hole to secure the season-long points race.
Sure, the Tour Championship's not a major, and we mostly remember the majors.
Tiger Woods won the title at East Lake by finishing 11-under par 269.
Despite Woods' heroics, Rose is still projected to be the FexEx Cup champion.
"Just to be able to compete and play again this year, that's a hell of a comeback", he said.
"I can't believe I pulled this off", Woods said during the trophy presentation.
"It was just a grind out there but I loved every minute of it", Woods said. I still needed to play the hole, and once I hit the ball into the bunker" - which caused a large sigh - "I tried to miss it right of the flag.
A year ago, there was no guarantee anyone would see much of Woods, much less Woods winning. He has given himself the cushion he has craved, the advantage from which he was seemingly so unbeatable during his prime.
2007: Woods ruptures the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while out running at home after the Open Championship, but opts not to have surgery.
Having failed to come from behind to win the Dubai Desert Classic, the Masters or the WGC Bridgestone Invitational or to beat Francesco Molinari when tied for the lead in the BMW PGA at Wentworth, this was an opportunity to make a statement.
His last blown 54-hole lead was a 2-shot advantage over Y.E. Yang at the 2009 PGA Championship.
Woods had never lost when leading by three shots or more going into the final round. And so - I was beyond playing.
"So, that helps. I don't have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope I get help". That's a big difference. A small slip on the back nine Sunday provided some extra drama, but Woods would not be denied. Woods completed his lengthy comeback Sunday, winning the Tour Championship.
To the current generation of star players - Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka - he has been a hero of childhood rather than a live rival, a trailblazer who has made them all an bad lot of money by thrilling so many others a decade and more ago.
After an opening birdie on the par-four first, Woods went surging clear of the field with a run of five straight birdies from the third hole. At that point, he led by 5.
May 12, 2011: Woods withdraws from The Players Championship after shooting 42 on the front nine at Sawgrass. He settled for a 65, the lowest score of the day.
"It's going to be a special week and with Patrick (Reed) and I playing together today we were talking about it and it's going to be a fun and exciting week". So it was about me and just what I had to do.