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Trump awards highest U.S. civilian honor to Tiger Woods

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Published on May 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Trump awards highest U.S. civilian honor to Tiger Woods

When Tiger Woods won the Masters on April 14, President Donald Trump declared he was going to award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and ordered his aides to schedule the event as soon as possible.

Chris Dignam has more.

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Trump awards highest U.S. civilian honor to Tiger Woods

U.S. President Donald Trump presented Tiger Woods with the Medal of Freedom on Monday, awarding the nation's highest civilian honor to the world's most famous golfer, who overcame an 11-year major championship drought to win the Masters in April.

In a tweet posted a day after Woods won the Masters, Trump said he would give him the award "because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE" That undoubtably refers to the personal crises Woods faced, including the loss of most of his major sponsors after admitting to extra-marital affairs.

The ceremony in the White House Rose Garden was not without controversy.

The New York Times - citing a watchdog group - said the honor leaves the appearance of using his office to reward a business partner.

The report said Trump announced in 2014 that Woods would design a golf course in Dubai as part of a project that would be managed by the Trump Organization.

The 43-year-old golfer's age has also raised eyebrows.

Most other recipients have been awarded the medal much later in their careers.

The early betting odds favor the currently injury-free Woods to win the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to begin next month.

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