President Trump Monday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfer Tiger Woods in a ceremony at the White House.
Trump praised Woods’ many accomplishments on the golf course and his ability to come back from debilitating physical adversity that might have permanently sidelined any other athlete.
“Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive,” Trump said as Woods stood by him. “These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and always striving for greatness.”
With his mother and two children in attendance, Woods thanked his family, personal friends and aides in brief and emotional remarks.
“You’ve seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and I would not be in this position without all of your help,” he said.
Trump has had a contentious relationship with many black athletes but Woods has a long history with the president.
Trump has long been a fan and recently, a business partner of Woods. He announced his decision to give the award to Woods in a tweet, after Woods won the Masters tournament last month at age 43, capping a remarkable comeback from personal turmoil and physical injuries.
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