If there were a Mount Rushmore for golfers, Tiger Woods would probably be on it. But President Donald Trump’s decision to award the nation’s highest civilian honor to Woods has raised questions about whether the president should be boosting the profile of a business associate of The Trump Organization.
Trump planned to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Woods during a White House ceremony Monday evening. The president announced his intention to do so after Woods won the Masters Tournament last month, capping a remarkable recovery from injury and years of personal troubles that had left some wondering whether he would ever win again at the professional level. Woods earned his 15th major golf championship with his Masters win and his 81st overall on the PGA Tour, both ranking second.
Trump understood the importance of the moment to golf and its fans, tweeting that he was awarding Woods the medal because of his “incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE.”