Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

President Trump says Tiger Woods to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Trump says Tiger Woods to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

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.

Woods came back from the golfing wilderness to end an 11-year majors drought with the win at Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday, earning praise from around the world.

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.

US President Donald Trump made the announcement on Twitter that Woods would become the 33rd sportsperson to receive the award.

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

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Augusta National might sound different than a tough links along the North Sea of Scotland. He made par and is now in a three-way tie for the lead with Schauffele and Molinari.

And Trump tweeted about the Masters several times over the weekend, writing on Sunday afternoon that Woods was "a truly Great Champion!"

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

"Love people who are great under pressure", he wrote after Woods won his first Masters title since 2005. But the victory also represented more than his fifth green jacket and 15th major title. "What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!" he added later.

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

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