Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods Presidential Medal of Freedom

The good times keep rolling for Tiger Woods.

One day after Woods won the Masters in thrilling fashion for the first time in 14 years, President Donald Trump announced that he will be giving the golfer the Presidential Medal of Freedom to commemorate his comeback in golf and in life.

Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & 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!

“Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & 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!” Trump tweeted Monday.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest award a civilian can receive in the United States. According to the White House, it’s given to people who have “made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Other notable athletes who have earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom include Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, among others.

The award was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. 

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Woods, 43, won his first major in 11 years with his Masters victory. He has dealt with a slew of injuries over the past decade and has had multiple spine surgeries.

“I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago. I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit, couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do much of anything,” Woods said Sunday. “…This has meant so much to me and my family, this tournament, and to have everyone here, it’s something I’ll never, ever forget.”

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