In a ceremony on the White Home Rose Backyard Monday night, golf legend Tiger Woods was awarded America’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Donald Trump.
“This night we’re within the presence of a real legend, a rare athlete who has reworked golf and who has achieved new ranges of dominance,” Trump stated.
“Tiger launched numerous new folks to the game of golf, from each background and from each stroll of life. He impressed tens of millions of younger Individuals together with his thrilling wire-to-wire victories,” Trump continued. “Tiger Woods is a world image of American excellence, devotion and drive.”
The Medal of Freedom acknowledges people who’ve made “an particularly meritorious contribution to the safety or nationwide pursuits of the USA, world peace, cultural or different vital public or personal endeavours,” in line with the manager order designating the award.
On April 15, the day after Woods gained his fifth Masters title, Trump tweeted his intent to award the golfer with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the good victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to tell him that due to his unimaginable Success & Comeback in Sports activities (Golf) and, extra importantly, LIFE, I will likely be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!” Trump wrote.
Woods accepted the award whereas members of his household and his caddie Joe LaCava watched.
“This has been an unbelievable expertise, and to have the help that I’ve had all of those years and everybody right here that has seen and been with me, a few of you for my whole life, and a few of you for greater than half of my life,” he stated. “You’ve seen the nice and dangerous, the highs and the lows and I might not be on this place with out your entire assist.”
“I’ve battled,” he continued. “I’ve tried to hold in there and are available again and play the good sport of golf once more and I’ve been fortunate sufficient to have the chance to do it once more and I’ve discovered a sport that has allowed me to do that. And the wonderful Masters expertise that I simply had a couple of weeks in the past definitely might be the spotlight of what I’ve completed to date in my life on the golf course.”
Since becoming a member of the PGA tour in 1996, Woods has recorded each the second victories with 81, and the second most main championships with 15, together with 5 Masters, three U.S. Opens, three open championships and 4 PGA championships.
In 1997, Woods had a record-setting 12 months, changing into the youngest particular person and first African American to win the Masters.
Woods is just not the primary athlete to obtain the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump. In 2018, Trump awarded the medal to soccer gamers Alan Web page and Roger Staubach and a posthumous medal to baseball legend Babe Ruth.
Woods can be not the primary golfer to obtain the Medal of Freedom. George W. Bush awarded the medal to golfers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus in 2004 and 2005, respectively. In 2014, golfer Charles Sifford obtained the award from Barack Obama.
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