Golf legend, Tiger Woods, Monday received the highest civilian honor – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President Trump awarded Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom describing him as a “true legend” who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport’s summit.
Woods, 43, is the fourth golfer to receive the ward and certainly the youngest. Describing the victories Tiger Woods has obtained in a career he dominated over a decade, President Trump said:
“This evening, we are in the presence of a true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance,” Trump said during the presentation. “He’s also a great person. He’s a great guy.”
Tiger Woods, who had some setback few years ago because of injuries, won his first major in nearly 11 years at last month’s Masters tournament, a comeback that captivated the sporting world.
The golf legend was joined at the ceremony by his mother, Kultida; his 11-year-old daughter, Sam Alexis; 10-year-old son, Charlie Axel; and his girlfriend, Erica Herman. Tiger Woods’ father, Earl, passed away more than a decade ago. Woods’ longtime caddie Joe LaCava also attended.
Woods currently ranks second in both major championships and PGA Tour wins and also holds numerous records in golf. Around the world, he is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time.