Tiger Woods Will Be Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Tiger Woods Will Be Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Trump and Woods have been friends for several years, having dined and played golf together on a number of occasions, including February 2 of this year.

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Monday that he will bestow upon Tiger Woods one the United States' highest civilian honors: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Trump himself awarded the Medal of Freedom to Babe Ruth, Alan Page, and Roger Staubach just previous year, and Barack Obama awarded it to Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Willie Mays, among others, during his presidency.

Woods, 43, completed one of the most unlikely comebacks in the history of sports with his victory at Augusta National over the weekend.

Woods will join Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Charles Siffords among golfers who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Woods' victory was his first major title since winning the 2008 U.S. Open, and it came 22 years after his first career win at the Masters in 1997.

Woods now has 15 major championship wins to his name and is three away from equalling the all-time record of 18 - set by Nicklaus. "What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!" he added later.

Woods isn't the first sports star to receive the medal given to "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

Trump has previously awarded the medal posthumously to Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

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