President Trump to present Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods next week


Tiger Woods has had a big 2019, with winning the Masters in April at Augusta National.

"We are in the presence of a true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance", Trump said in an address where he gave an overview of Woods' long career before presenting the medal. Trump had last month revealed that Woods was to receive the honour following his performance at the Masters.

Trump awarded Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has also gone into business overseas with Mr. Woods, announcing in 2014 that the golfer would design a course in Dubai as part of a luxury residential megaproject that would be managed by the Trump Organization.

The Times report later went on to characterize Trump's award to Tiger Woods as a mix of "hero worship and opportunism", suggesting that it may be a ploy to bring a prominent black athlete to the White House as other athletes (football and basketball players) have boycotted. And Woods has supported Trump by appearing alongside him at the opening of the Tiger Woods Villa at the Trump National Doral Miami in 2014. But Mr. Trump waited only a few weeks after the Masters to celebrate Mr. Woods.

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It is tied with the Congressional Gold Medal as the highest award that can be bestowed on a civilian.

Trump acknowledged Woods' caddie Joe LaCava, who was sitting in the audience, before touting Woods' accolades in a thorough account of Woods' career, giving a detailed recap of his career achievements.

Here it is worth mention here that Trump, an avid golfer and owner of several golf courses around the world, tweeted his congratulations to Woods following his victory at Augusta.

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.

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For his part, Woods defended his friendly relationship with the President, saying he respects the office.

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.

"I can't recall a business partner", Kopko told the Times. You have to respect the office.

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

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