Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Trump says Tiger Woods to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

Trump says Tiger Woods to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

Woods is not the first professional golfer to earn the Medal of Freedom.

Charles Sifford, who was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 by Barack Obama.

Donald Trump is giving his good friend Tiger Woods one of this nation's highest honors following his victory at the 2019 Masters: The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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

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There were questions about his ability to win a major tournament, but those have all ended following the Masters victory.

Yogi Berra, Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer are among other sports figures who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Woods' relationship with Trump is well-known. Just previous year, Trump gave medals to Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Page.

Trump, an avid golfer, and Woods have played together in the past including in February when the pair joined golf great Jack Nicklaus for a round at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.

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Woods' one-shot victory at Augusta National capped off an awesome and lengthy comeback from personal setbacks and physical ailments.

Trump spent much of Sunday at this golf course in Northern Virginia and appeared to be watching the Masters for at least part of the day, based on his Twitter posts.

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