Tiger Woods won the Masters on Sunday, capping a remarkable turnaround in fortunes (Getty Images)President Trump has confirmed that Tiger Woods has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom following his remarkable Masters win on Sunday.
The 43-year-old held off the challenge of his compatriots Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka and Italian Francesco Molinari to claim his fifth Masters win and his first since 2005.
Woods’ success was also his first in a Major since he won the US Open in 2008 and his 15th overall.
Having overcome personal issues away from the golf course and battled back from numerous back injuries, Woods’ success has been lauded as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all-time.
President Trump was clearly impressed with Woods’ performance, live-tweeting the final round at Augusta before sending him his congratulations after he had sealed his victory.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States and recognises people who have made: ‘An especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.’
Plenty of sports biggest names have lined up to lavish praise on Woods following his success with Serena Williams saying she was ‘in tears’ watching her compatriot, Rory McIlroy stating that he ‘couldn’t be happier for him’ and Rafael Nadal labelling him his ‘favourite sportsman’.