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Tiger Woods: Presidential Medal of Freedom

 

In one of the greatest comebacks in golf history, Tiger Woods is set to receive yet another rare honor: The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, considered the nation's highest civilian honor, has traditionally been bestowed on public servants, pioneering astronauts, visionary world leaders, poets, and artists. 

Unlike other pro athletes who’ve turned down the, er, opportunity to be feted by the current occupant of the Oval Office after major sports achievements, Woods is likely to show up for the honor as he and Donald Trump have been buddies for years. As Woods told reporters after a golf game in August, per Agence France-Presse via Yahoo! Sports:

“Well, I’ve known president Donald for a number of years,” Woods said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.

“He’s the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”

OK. So, on Monday, Woods’ buddy tweeted his congratulations for the Masters Tournament victory and announced that he would “be presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom!”

So joyous.

According to the wiki, it’s a rare honor to be awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor. An average of less than a dozen honors are awarded each year. It is even rarer for an athlete to be honored while still being active in his or her sport.

But, in any case, congratulations again Tiger Woods.