Trump announced that he would be giving Woods the honor on April 15.
After the golfer took home the green jacket at the Masters last month — earning his first major win in 11 years and simultaneously pulling one of the most improbable career comebacks in recent history — he was congratulated by the president on Twitter.
In Trump’s celebratory tweet, he also revealed his plans to present the golfer with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“Spoke to Tiger Woods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s at The Masters, and to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!” Trump tweeted a day after the Woods’ tournament win.
It was not the first time that Trump has bestowed the medal upon an athlete either. Besides Woods, Trump has awarded Alan Page, Roger Staubach, and a posthumous presentation for Babe Ruth with the medal during his time in office.
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In August, Woods briefly opened up about his friendship with Trump.
“Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods said at the time, according to ASAP Sports. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”
While Trump’s views on immigration and race relations have been a constant source of controversy, when he was asked about what people of color and immigrants may think of his friendship with the president, Woods simply said they should “respect” the former businessman.
“He’s the President of the United States,” Woods said. “You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”
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Trump and Woods played golf together just weeks after the 2016 election, and the two once again shared a game during Thanksgiving last year.
“[What] most impressed me was how far he hits the ball at 70 years old,” Woods said of Trump on his website, as spotted by the
Trump has never been shy about hiding his love for the sport and has spent some 150 days of his more than 580 days as president at a golf club. He also owns 17 golf courses in the United States and overseas.
Woods has a villa named after him at Trump’s Miami resort, according to ESPN.
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