Tiger Woods will receive the Presidential Medal on Freedom on Monday at the White House from President Donald Trump.
After Woods’ fifth Masters title and 15th major victory last month, Trump announced that he would be awarding Woods with one of the highest civilian honors in the United States. The 45th President announced the news via Twitter.
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
Trump and Woods are friendly and have frequently played golf together in Florida. After Woods won the green jacket at Augusta National, Trump was one of several celebrities to congratulate Woods on social media.
So before Woods heads to Bethpage for the PGA Championship next week, the 43-year-old will be stopping by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Woods’ ceremonial visit to the White House would be today.
The award is given to those who have made influential and significant contributions to the well-being of the country. It came into existence in 1963 under President John F. Kennedy.
The 81-time PGA Tour winner will become the fourth golfer ever to receive the honor. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus received the award in 2004 and 2005 from former President George W. Bush. Charles Sifford, the first African-American golfer to ever play on the PGA Tour, received the award from former President Barack Obama in 2014.
So, how can you watch the ceremony on Monday evening?
Golf Channel will provide live coverage at 6 p.m. ET, and C-SPAN will also have live coverage on C-SPAN 1 and a livestream online beginning at 6 p.m.
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