US President Donald Trump said that he will award Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition for his stunning victory at the 2019 Masters Tournament on Sunday.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter, arguing that Woods deserved the award because of his “incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE.”
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
Woods, as CCN reported, shocked the sports world on Sunday when he scored his fifth Masters title and 15th major overall – his first since 2008.
As recently as December 2017, Woods – who dominated the PGA tour during the early 2000s – ranked as low as 1,199th in the world golf rankings following a series of crippling injuries and personal life scandals.
The triumphant Masters victory brought a windfall to sponsors who stuck by Tiger throughout his manifold struggles. According to one estimate, Nike basked in more than $22 million worth of brand exposure during Sunday’s final round, and the sports gear and apparel manufacturer saw its stock price jump on Monday.
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