President Trump To Honor Tiger Woods With Presidential Medal of Freedom

Donald Trump and Tiger Woods
Donald Trump and Tiger Woods during the opening of the Tiger Woods Villa at Trump National Doral on Mar 15, 2014 in Miami Beach, FL. Photo by Uri Schanker/GC Images

Tiger Woods earned his fifth Green Jacket on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club. The 43-year old American’s major victory transcended golf – and even sports, as it told the classic tale of the fallen hero returning to glory through perseverance and hard work.

Donald Trump and Tiger Woods
Donald Trump and Tiger Woods during the opening of the Tiger Woods Villa at Trump National Doral on Mar 15, 2014 in Miami Beach, FL. Photo by Uri Schanker/GC Images

On Monday, President Trump cemented the importance of the golf great’s comeback, announcing on Twitter that Woods will be awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In a tweet posted by the president:
“Spoke to Tiger Woods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s Masters, & 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!”

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States, and, along with the Congressional Gold Medal, is the highest civilian award of the United States.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by the president “for especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Woods was chosen for his impact on American culture.

Tiger Woods and Donald Trump
1997 Masters champion Tiger Woods and Donald Trump on April 15, 1997 at Trump Taj Majal in Atlantic City, NJ. Credit: NY Newsday

Woods will become the fourth golfer to win the Medal of Freedom award, joining Charlie Sifford (2014, Obama), Jack Nicklaus (2005, Bush), and Arnold Palmer (2005, Bush).

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