Inside The Trump-Tiger Woods Lovefest (And Business Entanglements)

Tiger Woods holding the trophy after his Masters victory

After Tiger Woods won the Masters, Donald Trump tweeted that he planned on honoring the golfer with the Presidental Medal of Freedom.

Tiger Woods, who made a stunning comeback from injury to win the Masters last month, is to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump on Monday.

Established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed upon those who have made an "especially meritorious" contribution to U.S. security or national interests, world peace, cultural pursuits or other non-specified endeavors.

Woods is the fourth golfer to receive the accolade, after Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and the PGA Tour's first black player, Charlie Sifford.

His voice cracked with emotion and he appeared to fight back tears as he thanked his mother and two children.

Other athletes to receive the honor include Bill Russell, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.

Woods and Trump are longtime business and golf partners, and Woods lives not far from Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The president placed his business in a trust run by his sons and a longtime lieutenant that names him as its sole beneficiary, meaning that even though he doesn't run its day-to-day operations he ultimately will reap the profits.




Their friendship also extends on to the golf course.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian decoration handed out by the executive branch, and recognizes people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

Woods has a villa named after him at Trump's Miami resort, according to ESPN.

"I tried to hang in there and play the great game of golf again", he said standing behind the presidential podium wearing his medal.

Trump welcomed Woods' remarks with a tweet. Woods will be honored on Monday 6th May. "You have to respect the office".

"We've played golf together and had dinner together. I've known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency", Woods said last summer at the Northern Trust Open in New Jersey. "He was like the grandpa I never had", Woods recalled. "Tiger, we are inspired by everything you have become and attained, the job you have done is incredible, your spectacular achievements on the golf course, your triumph over physical adversity, and your relentless will to win, win, win", Trump said.

Trump's love of the sport is well known, but it's also a business that has gotten him unwanted headlines.

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