Trump to honour Woods with Medal of Freedom
Few golfers have been accorded such an honour.
Now US President Donald Trump will add another name to a very special list after announcing he would present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods waves to the crowd after securing his 5th Masters title (Credit: PGA Tour)
The announcement comes after Woods claimed his fifth Masters win and his first major success since 2008.
And Trump feels Tiger has earned a spot alongside Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charles Sifford as the only golfers to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Obviously it is difficult to argue after one of the greatest – if not the greatest – comebacks of all time by the former long-running world No 1 to win the Masters, which gave Woods an incredible 81 PGA Tour victories.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is regarded as the United States’ highest civilian honour.
It is bestowed by the president to individuals deemed to have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus had Medals of Freedom bestowed by President George W. Bush.
While President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to pioneering black golfer Charlie Sifford in 2014.
Trump handed out his first medals last year, making a posthumous award to Elvis Presley and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and baseball legend Babe Ruth.
Many are calling Woods’ victory a personal and professional comeback.
It’s been 14 years since his last Masters win in 2005, the largest gap of time between titles in the tournament’s history.
After his messy and very public marriage break-up in 2009, Woods announced he would take an indefinite break from the game.
He then returned to golf in 2010 and endured a drought that saw injuries and surgeries plague his game from 2013-2017.
For the first time in his career he had to miss several major championships and many thought his career was all but done.
How wrong they were.
President Trump was among the first to congratulate him and informed Tiger he would be presenting him with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.