U.S. President Donald Trump awarded fifteen-time major golf winner, Tiger Woods, the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony.
The medal is offered to "individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
“Woods’ relentless will to win, win, win. These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries and defying limits,” Trump said.
The 43-year-old Woods thanked his mother and two children for always supporting him, saying that he would not have been in this position without all of their help.
“The amazing Masters experience I just had a few weeks ago certainly is part of the highlight of what I've accomplished in my life on the golf course,” he said.
Woods is the fourth golfer to receive the award, after Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and the PGA Tour's first black player, Charlie Sifford.
Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and Michael Jordan are among other athletes to win the award.