A day after Tiger Woods received his fifth Masters title and 15th main match in a rousing resurrection of his profession, President Trump stated Monday he would give him an honor nearly as unique as a inexperienced jacket from Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Mr. Trump stated on Twitter that he would bestow the award, with out saying when. “Due to his unbelievable Success & Comeback in Sports activities (Golf) and, extra vital, LIFE, I might be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!,” Mr. Trump wrote.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, and is awarded to those that make excellent contributions to nationwide safety or nationwide curiosity, world peace, tradition or different public or non-public endeavors. The medal has been awarded since 1963, and is often given to a dozen or fewer folks annually.
Over time quite a few sports activities figures have obtained it, particularly beneath the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Mr. Trump, all famous sports activities followers.
Simply final 12 months Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Web page have been awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom. Woods is not going to be the primary golfer to get the award; Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have been honored in consecutive years within the mid-2000s, and Charles Sifford, the primary African-American to play on the PGA Tour, was honored in 2014. However it’s uncommon for an lively athlete to obtain the glory.
Mr. Woods has a longstanding relationship with Mr. Trump, an avid golfer. They personal property close to one another in Florida and have golfed collectively plenty of instances, each earlier than and after Mr. Trump turned president.
In February, Mr. Trump tweeted an image of himself with Woods and Nicklaus on the Trump Nationwide Golf Membership in Jupiter, Fla. The following day, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, “Tiger is again & might be profitable Majors once more!”
Over time Mr. Trump has repeatedly tweeted about watching Mr. Woods play golf.
They’re additionally enterprise companions. Mr. Woods is designing the course on the Trump World Golf Membership Dubai, set to open in 2019.
Mr. Woods acknowledges having performed golf with Mr. Trump and having eaten collectively, however in any other case is reluctant to discuss their relationship. “Effectively, he’s the president of the USA,” Mr. Woods stated final 12 months. “It’s a must to respect the workplace.”
Nonetheless, whereas a number of African-American athletes have criticized Mr. Trump or saved their distance, Mr. Woods, who’s of African-American and Thai descent, has maintained his relationship with him.
When requested final August after a match if he had any ideas about race relations in America, Mr. Woods demurred. “No, I simply completed 72 holes,” he stated. “And actually hungry.”