The 45th U.S.President, Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods, yesterday evening, saying it his “privilege” to bestow the honor on “one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports.” With this, Tiger Woods became the fourth golfer in history to receive the medal, previous three being, Arnold Palmer (2004), Jack Nicklaus (2005) and Charles Sifford (2014).
Woods was accompanied by his mother, children and girlfriend – Trump called the 15-time major winner “a global symbol to excellence, devotion and drive.” The president summarized Woods’s considerable career achievements, spending some time on the latter’s groundbreaking victory at the 1997 Masters.
“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.”
Hall of famer and 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus was the first one to share his thoughts with the world on Twitter.