Published: Tue, May 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

Established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed upon those who have made an "especially meritorious" contribution to United States security or national interests, world peace, cultural pursuits or other non-specified endeavors.

President Trump honored Tiger Woods for his comeback Masters win by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at the White House on Monday.

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.

Trump and Woods played golf together just weeks after the 2016 election, and the two once again shared a game during Thanksgiving past year.

"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!"

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The ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, will mark the fourth time that a golfer has received the Medal of Freedom.

President Donald Trump talks to Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team after singles matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on October 1, 2017, in Jersey City, N.J.

It has been awarded to almost three dozen sports figures including American golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who were honoured by President George W. Bush. Maybe. But certainly a memorable one for Woods, his family and friends on Monday.

"Well, I've known Donald for a number of years", Woods said.

Woods, one of the most celebrated golfers in history, designed Trump World Golf Club in Dubai through his company, TGR Design. "You have to respect the office", Woods told reporters in August 2018 when asked about his relationship with Trump. The pair played golf together long before Trump took the Oath of Office. "Tiger, congratulations on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom". You have to respect the office. Trump got Woods to show up at his Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, N.J., a day after the golfer's first Masters victory in 1997.

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