A day after Tiger Woods gained his fifth Masters title and 15th main event in a rousing resurrection of his profession, President Trump mentioned 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 mentioned 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 shall 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 personal endeavors. The medal has been awarded since 1963, and is often given to a dozen or fewer individuals every year.
Through the years quite a few sports activities figures have acquired it, particularly underneath the presidencies of George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Mr. Trump, all famous sports activities followers.
Simply final yr Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Web page had been awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom. Woods is not going to be the primary golfer to get the award; Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus had 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 energetic athlete to obtain the honour.
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 a variety 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 & shall be successful Majors once more!”
Through the years 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. “Properly, he’s the president of the US,” Mr. Woods mentioned final yr. “It’s important 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 event if he had any ideas about race relations in America, Mr. Woods demurred. “No, I simply completed 72 holes,” he mentioned. “And actually hungry.”