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Trump to award Woods Medal of Freedom

16 April 2019

Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament.

And Trump tweeted about the Masters several times over the weekend, writing on Sunday afternoon that Woods was "a truly Great Champion!"

Trump didn't indicate when he'll present the medal to Woods.

A day after the 43-year-old legend won his fifth Masters and first major in 11 years, Trump - who has played multiple rounds with Woods over the years - used his Twitter feed to congratulate the golfer on his victory.

Charles Sifford, who was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 by Barack Obama. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were honored by president George W. Bush in 2004 and 2005, respectively. The medal is the nation's highest honour for a civilian.

Trump and Woods have been friends for several years, having dined and played golf together on a number of occasions, including February 2 of this year.

Woods increased his total of Masters wins to five and boosted his major-championship tally to 15. "What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!" he added later. Just previous year, Trump gave medals to Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Page.

The victory for Woods at Augusta represented an epic comeback, almost 11 years after his last victory in a major tournament.

Patrick Reed places the green jacket on Tiger Woods of the US after Woods won the 2019 Masters.

Trump to award Woods Medal of Freedom