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Trump gives Tiger Woods highest honour in US, gives reason


World Golf Champion, Tiger Woods has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the White House for his relentless will to win.

According to Reuters, the honour came early Tuesday barely three weeks after the legendary golfer staged an epic comeback victory in the Masters.

Presenting the golfing great with the nation’s highest honour, Trump praised Woods winning mentality.

“These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and always striving for greatness.

“Your amazing comeback and your amazing life and for giving sports fans a lifetime of memories.

“We can’t wait to see what’s next, Tiger,” said Trump, an avid golfer and owner of several golf courses around the world.

Woods, 43, choked up as he thanked his mother, his two children, his girlfriend and his caddy during the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

“You have seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows,” said Woods, who battled back from injury to win the Masters last month, his first major title since the 2008 US Open.

“My dad is no longer here, but my mom is here,” Woods said. “I love you, Mom.”

“I have tried to hang in there and I have tried to come back and play the great game of golf again,” Woods said. “I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to do it again.”

He said his Masters’ victory was “probably the highlight of what I have accomplished so far in my life on the golf course.

“To have had that type of experience and to be able to come out on top and win,” he said.

Established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed upon those who have made an exceptionally meritorious contribution to US security or national interests, world peace, cultural pursuits or other non-specified endeavours.

It has been awarded to nearly three dozen sports figures including golf legends, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, honoured by president George W. Bush.

President Barack Obama gave the medal in 2014 to Charlie Sifford, the first African American golfer to play on the PGA Tour.

During his speech, Woods praised Sifford who he said was “like the grandpa I never had.”

“I ended up becoming so close with him that I ended up naming my son Charlie after him,” he said. “So to have been chosen as the next golfer after Charlie is truly remarkable.”

Woods’ Masters was his 15th major title, leaving him just three short of the record held by Nicklaus.



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