Tiger Woods receives Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump

Tiger Woods holding the trophy after his Masters victory

Tiger Woods holding the trophy after his Masters victory

President Donald Trump awarded golfer Tiger Woods the nation's highest civilian honor on Monday, describing the 43-year-old as a "true legend" who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport's summit. Watch live in the video player above.

The Masters win marked Tiger's 15th major championship as he continues to try to catch Jack Nicklaus and his all time record of 17.

The golf pro suffered a hit to his image when a 2009 vehicle crash led to the revelation that he had cheated on his wife in a string of affairs. The famously private and guarded Woods even revealed a personal detail about Sifford, saying the elder golf pro was "the grandpa that I never had".

"Congratulations again on your fantastic comeback and on your awesome life", the president told a stoic Woods.

Golfers at Trump's club in Doral, Florida, can stay at the Tiger Woods Villa. Woods is the fourth golfer to receive this honor. The PGA will take place at the Bethpage Black course on Long Island; Woods will play in a threesome with Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari for the first two days, keeping with the tradition of grouping the winners of the past three majors.

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The same day, Buckingham Palace revealed that Prince Harry will be travelling overseas in the middle of next week. The Invictus Games is a sporting event for injured servicemen and women and veterans founded by the duke.

To be noted that it has been awarded to almost three dozen sports figures since its inception, including golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who were honored by president George W Bush. He also owns 17 golf courses in the United States and overseas.

The closest Trump came to mentioning those off-course problems was a comment that Tiger remembers all his big shots but not "the bad". Barack Obama gave the award in 2014 to Charlie Sifford, the first African-American golfer to play on the PGA Tour. But Rush Limbaugh, who recently played with the President, says it's all in good fun. But another medal Trump awarded a year ago showed a different type of potential conflict: He gave one to Miriam Adelson, wife of Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, for her efforts to fight substance abuse and philanthropic support for medical research. He also awarded it to his vice president, Joe Biden.

Established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the honour is bestowed upon those who have made an "especially meritorious" contribution to USA security or national interests, world peace, cultural pursuits or other non-specified endeavours.

Some athletes and sports champions have resisted visiting the Trump White House due to their differences with the president.

"I can see how it would be hard to resist, but I still think it's hypocritical to do it", Reilly said.

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