Tiger receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Tiger receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

After Tiger Woods won the Masters, Donald Trump tweeted that he planned on honoring the golfer with the Presidental Medal of Freedom.

Tiger Woods followed his Masters victory with an appearance at the White House on Monday as he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump. He mentioned his 12-shot win at the 1997 Masters, when a 21-year-old Woods captured his first major title, saying Woods managed to "crush the field". While Woods dominated the sport for more than a decade, he won his first major in almost 11 years at last month's Masters Tournament, a comeback that captivated the sporting world.

"Spoke to Tiger Woods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday's at The Masters, and 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!" "Woods also played golf with former President Barack Obama".

The Times report later went on to characterize Trump's award to Tiger Woods as a mix of "hero worship and opportunism", suggesting that it may be a ploy to bring a prominent black athlete to the White House as other athletes (football and basketball players) have boycotted. It is one of the highest honors a civilian can receive in the country.

But in bestowing the honor, Trump will draw attention to an issue that has dogged him since his election: concerns that he's using his public office to benefit his business.

Here it is worth mention here that Trump, an avid golfer and owner of several golf courses around the world, tweeted his congratulations to Woods following his victory at Augusta. Woods said, "I consider myself as lucky to win this after all the troubles I fought with".

Since then, Mr. Trump has named a villa after him at the Trump National Doral Miami.

The next day, Trump successfully predicted Woods "will be winning Majors again".

"We are in the presence of a true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance", Trump said.

Their friendship also extends on to the golf course. We've had dinner together.

Asked to say a few words, Tiger thanked his family and close associates for sticking by him through the "the highs and the lows". "I've known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency".

Last Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the details of the award ceremony and that "the event will be invitation only and covered by the press".

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