Why Is Tiger Woods Receiving Medal of Freedom From Trump?

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"It is my privilege to award our nation's highest civilian honor to one of the the greatest athletes in the history of sports, Tiger Woods", Trump said in the Rose Garden ceremony.

President Donald Trump will present Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday after the legendary golfer made a stunning comeback to win the Masters Tournament last month. According to The New York Times, Woods celebrated his first Masters win in 1997 at Trump's Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 43-year-old Woods won the fifth Masters title in Augusta after a gap of 10 years in April.

Woods, who has played golf with other former Presidents, has played with Trump multiple times since the President took over office, including earlier this year and in November 2017.

The other three golfers who have received this medal are Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and the PGA Tour's first black player, Charlie Sifford.

"He's the President of the United States", Woods said.

President Donald Trump and Tiger Woods, accompanied by Trump's children Eric, left, Ivanka, second from right, and Donald Jr., far right, cut a ribbon in front of the Tiger Woods Villa at Trump National Doral in 2014.

The next day, Trump successfully predicted Woods "will be winning Majors again".

GettyDonald Trump shakes Tiger Woods hand at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in 2013.

Even beyond the dubious move of bestowing such a prestigious award on a business partner, Trump has also ruffled feathers by giving Woods the award when he's still mid-career.

The Trump Organization has "repeatedly demonstrated their ability to successfully manage unique, high-end courses and golf clubs, and this is no exception", Woods said in a 2018 interview in the company's in-house magazine.

Of course, President Obama gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award to Oprah Winfrey, who was one of his biggest celebrity allies during the 2008 election.

Woods is the fourth professional golfer to receive the award. "No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office".

For his part, Woods defended his friendly relationship with the President, saying he respects the office. "I've known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency". "To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says an awards ceremony will be held in the Rose Garden on Monday.

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