US President Donald Trump donated the highest civic honor to President Tiger Woods on Monday at a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden.
The President praised the successes of the 43-year-old athlete, his left-hand rider, and his constant pursuit of victory. “To win, win, win, this embodies the American spirit,” said Trump.
Tiger Woods also gave a short speech and called his career a “special adventure”. He said thankfully to all those who stood beside him, as he said, “in good and bad, at the tops and at the bottom.” He also thanked his mother at the festive ceremony.
Tiger Woods specifically pointed out that he was the fourth golfer to be honored in the history of the Presidential Order of Liberty. He called the honor a “great honor”.
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus golfers were nominated by President George W. Bush in 2004 and 2005, and in 2014 Barack Obama handed over the merit to Charlie Sifford.
The Presidential Prize for Freedom is the highest ranked American Civilian Award, which was established in 1945 by President Harry Truman in recognition of civil service in World War II. The tradition was confirmed by President John Kennedy in 1963, and since then he has been awarded the Order of Merit for outstanding personalities, including politicians, athletes, and ecclesiastical excellence.
Tiger Woods was honored by Donald Trump on Twitter in mid-April, after Woods won the US Master, the first Major tournament of golfers for the fifth time. The American president, who is himself a passionate golfer, has also played Woods several times – he congratulated him on Twitter, and then personally called the athlete. “What a great return from a great guy!” Donald Trump wrote, referring to the fact that Tiger Woods returned after three spinal surgery last year, and was among the best.