President Donald Trump said Monday he will award golfer Tiger Woods with the presidential medal of freedom following his first Masters win since 2005.
‘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.
Trump also tweeted congratulations to the golfing legend over the weekend.
This is Woods’ fifth green jacket, and his win on Sunday is already being lauded as one of the greatest sports comebacks of all time.
The Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States that recognizes ‘an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors’.
It was established in 1945 to honor civilian service during World War II.
Other sports icons who have received the award include Michael Jordan, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In the past few years, it seemed as though Woods’ career was over as he faced a series of personal problems and chronic back pain. He had a spinal fusion surgery in 2017.
That same year, he faced charges for driving under the influence.
Woods’ personal life, and career, had already been on the decline before the back surgery and DUI charge when years before his ongoing cheating was brought to light.
Source: Daily Mail