Tiger Woods is the newest recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Woods was awarded the medal in a White House ceremony that took place in the Rose Garden.
Along the way, President Trump called Woods one of the "greatest athletes in the history of sports." He praised Woods as “a true legend” and a global symbol of American devotion and drive. Woods won the Masters this year after a major championship slump that lasted for years – following a very bumpy fall from grace that included a divorce, sex addiction therapy and multiple surgeries.
Back in the limelight and grateful – and tearful – Tiger remarked that he's honored to be part of a small group of golfers who have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "This has been an unbelievable experience," Woods said, thanking his family, including his late father. He later added via Twitter: “It’s an incredible privilege to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Considering the recipients, history, and what this means to me and my family, it’s also very humbling. Thank you all for your support and I hope this inspires others to never give up on their dreams.”
- Woods was joined at the ceremony by his mother,Kutilda, girlfriendErica Herman, 11-year-old daughter,Sam Alexis, 10-year-old son,Charlie Axeland Woods' longtime caddie,Joe LaCava. Woods' father,Earl, passed away more than a decade ago.
- Jack Nicklaus, a previous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was among several golfers tocongratulate Woods via Twitter. “Heartfelt congrats to Tiger Woods,” Nicklaus writes. “His impact on golf and his ability to inspire others to play this great game is on par with his incredible talent!”
- ONE MORE THING!The Presidential Medal of Freedom is given to individuals who have made "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Presidents have complete discretion over whom they honor with the medal.