Trump awards Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom


This will go nicely with his green jacket.

Fresh off his triumphant return to golf glory with his Masters victory last month, Tiger Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday by President Trump.

Before a Rose Garden crowd that included Woods’ mother, children, girlfriend and caddie, Joe LaCava, Trump clasped the nation’s highest civilian honor around the links legend’s neck.

“Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive,” said Trump, an avid golfer in his own right who has hit the green with Woods. “Tiger, we are inspired by everything you have become and attained.”

The presentation represents another peak in Woods’ roller-coaster career.

After bursting onto the pro golf scene as a 20-year-old phenom in 1996, Woods dominated the sport for more than a decade before a series of excruciating leg and back injuries stalled his career.

His personal life also hit the skids in 2009, when a slew of extramarital affairs came to light, tarnishing his reputation and leading to the dissolution of his marriage — a highly publicized rough patch of which Trump made no mention.