Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Golf: Donald Trump says Tiger Woods to get Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump to give Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom after 2019 Masters win
Cassandra Castillo | 15 April, 2019, 22:57

With his win at the Masters on Sunday, Tiger Woods put a cap on one of the greatest individual comeback stories of all time.

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. President Trump, with whom Woods is reportedly on good terms, was very excited to watch his friend win the tournament and it looks like he's still riding that wave.

Woods will be the fourth athlete the president has chosen.

Previous recipients include Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens, Billie Jean King and fellow golfers Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. In 2018, he gave medals to football players Roger Staubach and Alan Page and a posthumous award to baseball player Babe Ruth.

Trump did not in his tweet specify when the ceremony will take place.

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The president later shared a photo of the group on social media, and a Trump Organisation official noted that Woods and Nicklaus have designed courses for the company. His career was derailed for almost a decade after a series of personal scandals and several back surgeries that raised doubts about whether he would ever be able to play again.

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

The victory for Woods at Augusta represented an epic comeback, almost 11 years after his last victory in a major tournament.

A fifth green jacket?

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