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World renowned golfer,Tiger Woods was elated as President Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom held at the White House Rose garden on Monday for his relentless efforts to win, win, win and keep winning.
The rare honour came weeks after the Woods staged an epic comeback victory in the Masters.
Presenting the legendary golfer with the nation’s highest honour, Trump praised Woods for his relentless effort at winning at the course.
“These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and always striving for greatness,” the president said.
In a statement,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,” said Trump,
In response,Woods thanked members of his family including his mother, his two children, his girlfriend during the ceremony.
“You have seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows,” said Woods,
“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 reiterated that 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.
During his speech, Woods praised Sifford who he said was “like the grandpa I never had.”
“I ended up becoming so close with him that I ended up naming my son Charlie after him,”
“So to have been chosen as the next golfer after Charlie is truly remarkable.”
The golfer has golfed with notable figures in the past including Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush, He has also hit the links with Trump on several occasions, most recently in February at the president’s course in Jupiter, Florida.
Woods’ Masters was his 15th major title, leaving him just three short of the record held by Nicklaus.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, is bestowed upon those who have made an “especially meritorious” contribution to US security or national interests, world peace, cultural pursuits or other endeavours.