Tiger Woods Getting a Presidential Medal of Freedom From Trump

The news arrives following Woods' improbable Masters win this past weekend.

Tiger Woods and Donald Trump

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Tiger Woods and Donald Trump

On Sunday Tiger Woods won the Masters. On Monday Donald Trump announced he'd be giving the 43-year-old a Presidential Medal of Freedom. That's easy enough to follow. This proclamation was made on Twitter, and celebrated Woods' comeback in life without any X-rated elaboration while also specifying the sport he plays (golf):

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019

Woods' out-of-nowhere victory marked his first major title in over a decade, and the President had sent out a number of tweets claiming that he was watching the 43-year-old win it in real-time.

Congratulations to @TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019

Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy! https://t.co/41MtJtYEjq

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019

Woods and Trump have known each other for more than 20 years, and have played golf with one another on occasion, most recently in February. When previously asked about their relationship Woods made an effort to keep it neutral by saying you "must respect the office," which has thus far allowed him to avoid the wrath occasionally directed at, say, Tom Brady.


WHAT A COMEBACK STORY! #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/46kU5BF8kz

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) April 14, 2019

As the White House puts it, the medal "recognizes those individuals 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." Additionally it's the highest award that can be granted to a U.S. civilian, and previous athletes that have gotten one include GOAT Michael Jordan and near-GOAT Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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