Woods' one-shot victory at Augusta National capped off an wonderful and lengthy comeback from personal setbacks and physical ailments. It was his first major championship victory in 11 years. He lives in Jupiter, Fla., near Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and has been a frequent golfing partner of Trump's since the 2016 election. Trump has promised a lot on Twitter, so it remains to be seen if Tiger will actually receive the Medal, but as of now it's been a pretty great week for the golf icon.
Nicklaus was on his boat in the Bahamas on Sunday night when he was asked whether he thought Woods could reel in his total of 18 majors. He earned $2.07 million for his Masters victory.
In 2017, he underwent a spinal fusion surgery, and was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Woods will join Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Charles Siffords among golfers who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal is the nation's highest honor for a civilian.
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Trump has previously awarded the medal posthumously to Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.
Mr. Trump owns a dozen golf courses in the USA and frequently spends his weekends at his clubs in Florida, Virginia or New Jersey.
Former President Barack Obama also congratulated the athlete.