Tiger Woods stunned the world with a fifth Masters title last month, received his country’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal was presented to him by the U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday.
Last months win ended the golfer’s 11 year drought of major title wins. He endured a personal and professional setbacks including a highly public divorce and multiple surgeries over the previous decade.
An emotional Woods thanked the audience in attendance at the Rose Garden ceremony at the White House for supporting him even when he wasn’t doing well all these years.
After Trump placed the medal around his neck Woods said, “You’ve seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and I would not be in this position without all of your help.”
Trump, an avid golfer himself described the 15 times major champion as “a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive”.
Woods joined Arnold Palmer, Charlie Sifford and Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to have received the award.
About the Presidential Medal of Freedom :
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed by the President of the United States and it’s the highest civilian awards of the United States. It recognizes those people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”. The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform. The medal is bestowed upon suitable people once a year, and specifically in President Trump’s term, sports persons and athletes received them more often.
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