U.S President, Donald Trump on Monday awarded golfing legend Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in a Rose Garden ceremony , the highest civilian honor at the White House following his fifth Masters’ victory last month
Trump said, Woods, 43, is ‘one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports’ and has inspired people worldwide with his barrier-breaking victories, capped by a comeback at this year’s tournament.
The president hailed Woods, whom he’s relied on to boost his own popularity throughout his own career, as an entrepreneur and and philanthropist, as well as an athlete.
He’s also a great person. He’s a great guy,’ Trump declared. ‘He inspired millions of young Americans with his thrilling wire-to-wire victories. Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion, and drive.’
Woods is the first African-American to win the Masters and the youngest golfer to take the title, Woods won his first major tournament in 11 years in April after suffering severe injuries that threatened to end his career forever.
After receiving the Medal of Freedom, an emotional Tiger said: ‘You’ve seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and I would not be in this position without all your help,’ he told his family. ‘I’ve battled, I try to hang in there, and I’ve tried to come back and play the great game of golf again.’
The ceremony was attended by Tiger’s girlfriend Erica Herman, his mother, Kultida Woods, his daughter Sam, 11, and son Charlie 10. After Woods’ first Masters victory in ’97, he celebrated at Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. The men have been business partners since 2014, when they opened the Tiger Woods Villa at the future president’s golf club in Doral, Florida.