The American President Donald Trump has bestowed the highest civilian honour of the nation, Presidential Medal of Freedom to ace golfer Tiger Woods at Rose Garden of the White House on Monday. While conferring the prestigious honour to 43-year-old golf great, Trump said, “your spectacular achievements on the golf course, your triumph over physical adversity and your relentless will to win, win, win – these qualities embody the American spirit”. The President addressed Woods as a great person and a great guy during the ceremony.
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While receiving the great honour from such a great personality, Woods expressed his emotions by saying, “This has been an unbelievable experience and everyone here has seen and been with me for them, some of you for my entire life, and some of you for more than half my life”.
Earlier in last month, the US President had announced to present the honour to the veteran player right after his fifth Masters title victory at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia. The California native marked the incredible victory after 11 years of gap due to major setbacks, life-threatening injuries and rehab periods. Ranking second in both Major Championships and PGA Tour, Woods had won numerous golf records in his career
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is presented to those eminent personalities who make outstanding contributions in national security or national interest, culture or other public or private endeavours and world peace. Woods is not the only golfer who is rewarded with this greatest honour as players like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were also acknowledged with the medal in the mid-2000s. The former medal receivers including NFL greats Alan Page and Roger Staubach and baseball veteran Babe Ruth were honoured with the award under the Presidency of Donald Trump who himself is a huge sports fan.