Donald Trump says Tiger Woods to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

Paola Ditto
Aprile 15, 2019

President Trump said Monday he is awarding Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom after his remarkable comeback to win the Masters on Sunday after a 14-year drought.

Woods, 43, completed one of the most unlikely comebacks in the history of sports with his victory at Augusta National over the weekend.

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.

In 2017, he underwent a spinal fusion surgery, and was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Woods will be the fourth sportsman to receive the award during Trump's presidency, following Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Page.

Woods is not the first professional golfer to earn the Medal of Freedom. President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to pioneering black golfer Charlie Sifford in 2014.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is among the highest awards given to civilians in the United States.

Trump handed out his first medals past year, making a posthumous award to Elvis and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and baseball legend Babe Ruth.

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