Tiger Woods to be Honored By Trump at White House

07 May, 2019, 03:30 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday

Trump said he congratulated Woods by phone after his Masters victory and that he'd present him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a tweet 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.

But it was his dramatic Masters victory at Augusta National Golf Club last month, ending an 11-year major championship drought, that capped a years-long comeback from injuries and drama in his personal life, including an arrest two years ago for driving under the influence.

Trump and Woods played golf together just weeks after the 2016 election, and the two once again shared a game during Thanksgiving a year ago. The win sparked a frenzy on social media, as fans and celebrities alike reached out to congratulate the 43-year-old golfer on pulling one of the most improbable career comebacks in recent history (even better than Michael Jordan's, if you ask the man himself). In 2014, Woods and the Trump Organization renewed plans for Woods to design a golf course in Dubai, though the project is still underway and expected to open at the end of the year. But one fan who stuck with him: Donald Trump, who supported the embattled golfer in March 2013 via Twitter.

He went on to note that he named his own son Charlie after the previous golfer to win this award, Charlie Sifford, the first African American to play on the PGA Tour.

However, it is worth mention here that established by John F Kennedy in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honour bestowed by a U.S. president.

Trump also golfed with Woods on November 24, 2017, alongside pro golfers Dustin Johnson and Brad Faxon, and he golfed with Woods shortly after the 2016 election.

But in bestowing the honor, Trump will draw attention to an issue that has dogged him since his election: concerns that he's using his public office to benefit his business.

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Woods is the fourth professional golfer to receive the award.

"I can't recall a business partner", Kopko told the Times.

"He's the president of the United States".

"I've tried to hang in there, and I've tried to come back and play the great game of golf again".

Then-President Barack Obama remarked during the official White House portraits-unveiling event for former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush that his predecessor had left him a "good" television sports package.

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

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