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Golf: Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

Golf: Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

President Donald Trump awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods (left) during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON: Tiger Woods, fresh off his epic Masters comeback win, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday (May 6).

Presenting the golfing great with the nation's highest civilian honour, Trump praised Woods' "relentless will to win, win, win."

"These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and always striving for greatness," the president said.

READ: Golf: Tiger Woods wins 15th major title with spectacular Masters victory

Trump congratulated Woods on "your amazing comeback and your amazing life and for giving sports fans a lifetime of memories.

"We can't wait to see what's next, Tiger," he said.

The 43-year-old Woods choked up as he thanked his mother, his two children, his girlfriend and his caddy during the ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

"You have seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows," said Woods, who battled back from injury to win the Masters last month, his first major title since the 2008 US Open.

Tiger Woods of USA celebrates with the Masters Trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP)

"My dad is no longer here, but my mom is here," Woods said. "I love you, Mom."

"I have tried to hang in there and I have tried to come back and play the great game of golf again," Woods said. "I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to do it again."

He said his Masters victory was "probably the highlight of what I have accomplished so far in my life on the golf course.

"To have had that type of experience and to be able to come out on top and win," he said.

Established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed upon those who have made an "especially meritorious" contribution to US security or national interests, world peace, cultural pursuits or other non-specified endeavours.

It has been awarded to nearly three dozen sports figures including golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, honoured by president George W. Bush.

President Barack Obama gave the medal in 2014 to Charlie Sifford, the first African American golfer to play on the PGA Tour.

Source: AFP/de

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