Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2019

President Donald Trump, a lifelong golfer and owner of golf resorts, announced Monday he'll be awarding Tiger Woods the country's highest civilian honour after his Master's victory.

Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arnold Palmer in 2004.

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Woods' relationship with Trump is well-known.

President Obama gave medals to a host of legends, many of whose contributions transcended their respective sports: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yogi Berra, Michael Jordan, Vin Scully, Willie Mays and Charles Sifford, the first African American professional golfer on the PGA Tour.

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Trump is apparently particularly impressed with Woods return to the forefront of golf, as he live-tweeted the end of Woods round in Augusta and was quick to congratulate the athlete multiple times.

Tiger Woods won The Masters for the first time since 2005, and fifth time overall, on Sunday afternoon as he now sits just three career major titles behind all-time leader Jack Nicklaus. Just past year, Trump gave medals to Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Page. Mr. Trump, an avid golf enthusiast, wrote in a tweet.

Trump's assessment then of Woods' game was spot-on, with the president predicting that Woods would "be winning majors again".

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

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