Trump bestows long-time friend Tigers Woods with Medal of Freedom

Tiger Woods holding the trophy after his Masters victory

But Woods' Masters win at Augusta National Golf Club - his first major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open - restored his stature as one of golf's greatest champions, completing an unparalleled comeback after he struggled for years to overcome a back injury, as well as move past personal adversity following his divorce from Elin Nordegren, after Woods' rampant infidelity poured out in public.

"Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday's @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM!". At a ceremony in the sun-splashed White House Rose Garden, Trump made the 43-year-old Woods the fourth, and youngest, professional golfer to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, after Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charlie Sifford.

With the golf world wondering if he has enough high-level golf in him to match Nicklaus' record of 18 majors, Woods left a clue as to his aspirations, calling his recent Masters experience "certainly one of the highest that I've accomplished so far in my life on the golf course".

The golf pro suffered a hit to his image when a 2009 vehicle crash led to the revelation that he had cheated on his wife in a string of affairs.

Trump, who has a long history with Woods, said in a tweet after the Masters that he had congratulated the golfer on the win and his comeback, announcing that he would be giving him the award.

Many recent USA presidents have been sports fans, and Trump is no exception.

Other presidents have given the honor to athletes like track and field's Jesse Owens; college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant; baseball's Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Babe Ruth; basketball coaches and players including John Wooden and Michael Jordan; boxing great Muhammad Ali and NASCAR racer Richard Petty. The past 11 years has been extremely hard for Woods.

"We are in the presence of a true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance", Trump said. Trump also named a villa after him at the Trump National Doral Miami. We've had dinner together.

"I can't recall a business partner", Kopko told the Times.

"The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn't want to say", Trump said. "I've known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency". He also owns 17 golf courses in the United States and overseas. You have to respect the office.

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