Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

"Spoke to Tiger Woods to congratulate him on the great victory he had", Trump tweeted, 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!"

It's a high honor for Tiger, and at the very least fits into the narrative that the story of Tiger Woods supersedes the game of golf.

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

Trump didn't indicate when he'll present the medal to Woods.

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. However, for the first time in his career, Woods mounted a come-from-behind win in a major tournament, finishing with a one-stroke margin of victory.

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The pro-golfer and Trump have known each other for over two decades and occasionally play golf together.

Woods increased his total of Masters wins to five and boosted his major-championship tally to 15.

Patrick Reed places the green jacket on Tiger Woods of the USA after Woods won the 2019 Masters.

"Love people who are great under pressure", he wrote after Woods won his first Masters title since 2005.

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

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