Monday, President Trump awarded iconic golf champion Tiger Woods the nation’s highest civilian honor describing him as a “true legend” who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport’s Top Tier.
Mr. Woods, 43 anni, is the 4th golfer to earn that distinction and the youngest. While Mr. Woods dominated the sport for more than a decade, he won his 1st major in nearly 11 years at last month’s Masters Tournament, a comeback that captivated and thrilled the sporting world.
“Tiger was back on top,” President Trump declared during the Rose Garden ceremony.
If there were a Mount Rushmore for golfers, tiger Woods would almost certainly be on it. He ranks 2nd in PGA Tour wins and in major tournament victories.
President Trump understood the importance of Mr. Woods comeback to golf and its fans, Tweeting shortly after the Masters win that he was awarding Woods the medal because of his “incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE.”
Mr. Woods was joined at the ceremony by his mother, Kutilda; daughter, Sam Alexis, 11; son, Charlie Axel, 10; and girlfriend Erica Herman. And his longtime caddie, Joe LaCava, also attended.
Mr. Woods became emotional as he spoke of his parents, and he thanked those who have supported him over the years, saying, “You’ve seen the good and bad, the highs and lows, and I would not be in this position without all of your help.”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is given to individuals who have made “especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to the White House.
Presidents have complete discretion over whom they honor with the medal and Tiger Woods is a worthy recipient.
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