Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters Tournament Sunday to claim his 15th major championship, his first major win since 2008.
On Monday, President Trump tweeted that he would bestow Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest awards a civilian can receive in the United States.
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
According to the executive order designating the award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is given "to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
Trump previously gave the award to Roger Staubach, Alan Page and Babe Ruth posthumously. During Barack Obama's last year as President, he presented the honor to Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Vin Scully.