Tiger Woods made headlines when he won the Masters last month, a fabulous comeback that has put him back on top of the sports world, after almost 11 years of Championship drought. On 2nd May, Donald Trump announced that he would be felicitating the golfer with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a Rose Garden Ceremony.
On Monday, a selected number of people gathered in the Rose Garden to witness the significant moment. Trump even gave a speech that highlighted various moments from Woods’ career. The golfer has faced a number of personal hurdles such as an infidelity scandal that resulted in divorce, a horrific spine injury and grave doubts being raised about his athletic longevity.
“I’ve battled,” Woods, 43, said after the president fastened the medal around his neck. “I’ve tried to hang in there, and I’ve tried to come back and play the great game of golf again.”
“We can’t wait to see what’s next, Tiger,” Trump said to Woods, a normally sedate figure who spent Monday’s ceremony grinning ear to ear. “There are no winners like you.”
Donald Trump and Tiger have also, on occasions, played golf together. Woods is known for making statements in support of the President. In return, Trump has always been upfront about rewarding those who actively support him and his ideologies.
Woods has also agreed to design a special course in Dubai as part of a luxury residential megaproject that would be managed by the Trump Organization. The two’s business relations have raised questions about Trump felicitating a business partner.
Woods is the fourth athlete to have received the nation’s highest civilian honour from Donald Trump. He joined the late Yankees slugger Babe Ruth; Alan C. Page, a Hall of Fame defensive tackle; and Roger Staubach, a Hall of Fame quarterback and a Vietnam veteran. Tiger Woods is also the fourth golfer to have received the honour, after Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Charlie Sifford.