Tiger Woods to be awarded Presidential Medal by Donald Trump

Tiger Woods to be awarded Presidential Medal by Donald Trump

Fresh off securing his fifth Masters Tournament win, legendary golfer Tiger Woods will now be able to add another award to his mantel: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"Spoke to Tiger Woods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday's at The Masters, and to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!"

Trump's Democratic foes haven't questioned whether Woods deserves the medal, which the White House said is meant to recognize "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

Woods is the fourth professional golfer to receive the award. The place was mobbed. "Tiger, congratulations on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom".

On Twitter, the President has been consistently supportive of Woods.

The President has played multiple rounds with Woods, including alongside Jack Nicklaus in February at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.

Trump praised Woods' "relentless will to win, win, win". The two are also business associates. Woods now has 15 career majors, three behind Nicklaus for the most all-time.

In his post-Masters championship interview, Woods said he "had serious doubts" about whether he was going to be able to mount a comeback. "Woods also played golf with former President Barack Obama".

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Devine also noted that previous presidents have presented the award to supporters and political donors.

Other presidents have given the honor to athletes like track and field's Jesse Owens; college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant; baseball's Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Babe Ruth; basketball coaches and players including John Wooden and Michael Jordan; boxing great Muhammad Ali and NASCAR racer Richard Petty.

His voice cracked with emotion and he appeared to fight back tears as he thanked his mother and two children.

Trump also golfed with Woods on November 24, 2017, alongside pro golfers Dustin Johnson and Brad Faxon, and he golfed with Woods shortly after the 2016 election.

It is tied with the Congressional Gold Medal as the highest award that can be bestowed on a civilian.

Rick Reilly, who wrote a book about Trump's golfing entitled "Commander in Cheat", said Woods has brought golf to people of color all over the world, while Trump has promoted it as a sport for the rich.

"I can see how it would be hard to resist, but I still think it's hypocritical to do it", Reilly said.

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