Tiger Woods to receive presidential honour from Trump on Monday

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Fifteen-time major victor Tiger Woods has been presented with America's highest civilian honour by President Donald Trump in Washington.

US President Donald Trump will honor Veteran Golfer Tiger Woods with his country's largest civilian honor "Presidial Medal of Freedom" at White House on Monday.

Trump understood the importance of the moment to golf and its fans, tweeting that he was awarding Woods the medal because of his "incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE".

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.

The other three golfers who have received this medal are Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and the PGA Tour's first black player, Charlie Sifford.

His voice cracked with emotion and he appeared to fight back tears as he thanked his mother and two children.

Anyone associated with the president in any way becomes a target for Trump's critics, however - including the legendary golfer.

For his part, Woods defended his friendly relationship with the President, saying he respects the office.

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In a later tweet , the lawmaker clarified that the committee had proposed the date "but nothing has been agreed to yet". He repeatedly denied accusations and insinuations by Democrats that he had lied or misrepresented anything.

Their friendship also extends on to the golf course.

It is tied with the Congressional Gold Medal as the highest award that can be bestowed on a civilian. Trump also named a villa after him at the Trump National Doral Miami. The president has completed at least 139 rounds of golf during his presidency, according to an ABC News tabulation.

The next day, Trump successfully predicted Woods "will be winning Majors again".

Noting that Woods' family was on hand for the White House event - including his mother, children and girlfriend - Trump called the 15-time major victor "a global symbol to excellence, devotion and drive".

The Trump Organization has "repeatedly demonstrated their ability to successfully manage unique, high-end courses and golf clubs, and this is no exception", Woods said in a 2018 interview in the company's in-house magazine.

"He's the President of the United States", Woods said. "We've played golf together". "You have to respect the office". We've had dinner together. "I've known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency", Woods said last summer at the Northern Trust Open in New Jersey. "I've been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to do it again", Woods said upon recieving the award on Monday.

Woods was asked previous year about his relationship with Trump, who has been engaged in an ongoing feud with a number of African-American basketball and football stars.

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