Just off the back of his 15th Major victory, Tiger Woods, now 43, has been handed a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump.
The medal may have been sealed by his win at Augusta in April, but the medal recognises his achievements over his whole career and how he has bounced back from significant back injuries to retain the prestigious title.
Trump stated that it was Tiger’s relentlessness to succeed and how he embodies an American spirit that made him a natural match for the accolade. Woods finished the ceremony by thanking his two children and his mother for their love and support. Also citing his father’s absence who played a major role in his development as one of the world’s greatest all-time golfers.
What Is The Presidential Medal of Freedom?
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to American citizens who have contributed to national security, American culture, world peace or having played an important role in the public domain. It is given out by the standing president of the United States, but nominees and recommendations are handed to the president by a board who consider different people. One fact for your next quiz night is that President Obama awarded the most ever medals, totalling 123 awards.
Is Tiger The First Sportsman To Win It?
Awarding the medal to a sporting hero is not unusual for presidents. In fact, Tiger is not just one of many sporting stars to win the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he is one of many American golfers to be recognised with the award. He follows in the footsteps of golfers like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Charlie Sifford, the first black golfer to grace the PGA tour. There is no doubt this golfers’ society is one of outstanding talents. Yet, these golfers make up a section of other big sporting names to win the medal, including boxing great Muhammed Ali and basketball legend Michael Jordan.
What’s Next For Tiger?
After winning his fifth Master’s, everybody expected Tiger to keep on roaring in the following PGA tour competitions. Unfortunately, a recurring injury kept the 43-year-old out of three of the next tournaments and is rumoured to miss the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas in the coming days.
However, it is suspected that Tiger will be back on the tee box come the 16th May for the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. This is a former hunting ground where Tiger has been successful in the past. Could he make it two major wins in a row? We wouldn’t dare bet against him as he comes off the back of unrivalled success and a steady break.