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Trump honours Tiger Woods with highest US civilian prize - ITREALMS

President Donald Trump of the United States has honoured sports icon, Tiger Woods with the highest civilian prize in the land, reports ITREALMS.
Tiger Woods, ITREALMS recalled, won the Masters on April 14, and President Trump had declared he would award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and ordered his aides to schedule the event as soon as possible.
On Monday, Trump got what he asked for. 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 81 PGA Tour victories, Woods is one shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, and with 15 major tournament victories, he trails only Nicklaus, who has 18.But it was his dramatic Masters victory at Augusta National Golf Club last month, ending an 11-year major championship drought, that capped a years-long comeback from injuries and drama in his personal life, including an arrest two years ago for driving under the influence.Trump eagerly leapt onto the Tiger bandwagon.
The two have played golf a number of times, most recently with Nicklaus in February at Trump’s course in Jupiter, Florida.At a ceremony attended by several U.S. lawmakers, Trump called Woods “a true legend. He’s a great guy,” said Trump. 
“He introduced countless new people to the sport of golf, from every background and walk of life. … Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive.”
Woods, accompanied by his mother, Kultida, his two children, Sam and Charlie, his girlfriend, Erica Herman, and his caddie, Joe LaCava. 
Reacting, Wood said to his relatives, ”You’ve seen the good and the bad the highs and the lows, and I wouldn’t be here without your help. You guys have meant so much to me in my life. I’ve battled and I’ve tried to hang in there and I’ve tried to come back and play a great game of golf again.”

Nenye Dom/Editor

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