President Trump Presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

The President: Thank you
very much. Please. Melania and I are delighted to
welcome you to the White House on this beautiful
spring evening. This is the Rose Garden, for those of you
that don’t know, and we use it seldom. But this is one of the times
we’re using it, Tiger. Today, it is my privilege to award our nation’s
highest civilian honor to one of the greatest athletes
in the history of sports: Tiger Woods. Tiger, congratulations
on receiving the Presidential Medal
of Freedom. (applause) We are thankful to be joined
on this occasion by our great
Vice President — Mike, thank you very much;
members of my Cabinet; some of our nation’s governors; and many distinguished members
of the House and the Senate. Thank you all for being here. We are also pleased to have us — with us is Tiger’s
mother, Kultida; his daughter Sam
and his son Charlie; his girlfriend Erica;
and his caddy Joe LaCava. Where’s Joe LaCava? Stand up, Joe.
He does a good job. Good job. (applause) Wow. Good job, Joe. For over five decades, the Presidential Medal
of Freedom has been given to individuals who have made
outstanding contributions to American life,
history, and culture. This evening, we are in
the presence of a true legend — an extraordinary athlete
who has transformed golf and achieved new levels
of dominance. He’s also a great person.
He’s a great guy. Tiger introduced countless
new people to the sport of golf, from every background
and from every walk of life. He inspired millions
of young Americans with his thrilling,
wire-to-wire victories. Tiger Woods is a global symbol
of American excellence, devotion, and drive. At just six months old, Tiger watched from his highchair
as his dad, a very special guy also —
Earl — I got to know him — a veteran of the Vietnam War
and Army Special Forces. And he was tough, Tiger,
wasn’t he? But good. Mr. Woods: Not as tough as her. (laughter) The President: Well, I think
she might be tougher. She might be tougher. Practiced in the garage
of the family home. At 18 months,
Tiger was on the driving range, and he was looking good.
People were saying, “Wow.” Starting at age 15,
he won three successive U.S. Junior Amateur titles. And at 18, he became
the youngest-ever winner of the U.S. Amateur tournament. At 20, he capped
off his amateur career with an unrivaled
third consecutive title. So that would be six in a row. And I say that’s a record
that can never be broken. That’s an incredible —
stroke play, match play, everything.
That will never be broken. And in 1996, he burst
onto the professional stage as Rookie of the Year. But it was in 1997,
at Augusta National — Bobby Jones’s temple
to the sport of golf — that the game
would forever change. For four straight days
at The Masters Tournament, Tiger stunned the world
with his power, grace, and strategic brilliance. He shaped perfect 350-yard
drives down Augusta’s rolling fairways, went flag-hunting
at tucked-away pins with the heart
-stopping precision like nobody
has ever seen before, and he buried one clutch
putt after another. On that Sunday,
we saw Tiger crush the field by a record margin
of 12 strokes — unheard of — with the lowest
score in Masters history: 270. At 21 years old, he became the youngest
Masters Champion of all time, and the first person of African
American or Asian heritage to win the storied tournament —
or any of golf’s four majors. As a New York Times headline
said the next day, “Woods Tears Up Augusta
and Tears Down Barriers.” Incredible achievement. After clinching
the Green Jacket — (applause)
— amazing. After clinching
the Green Jacket, Tiger marched straight
to his first coach — his dad — and embraced the man who inspired his
enduring love of the game. Then Tiger turned
to hug his mom, the steady presence
throughout his life — that’s true — I’ve seen that;
I’ve watched that — and the person who told him
that red is his power color. Wow, that was a good move. (laughter) That was right. In the years that followed, Tiger launched one
of the single most dominant runs in the history of sports. He holds the record for the
lowest scoring average in PGA Tour history: 68.17 in 2000. And remember, he only plays
in the hardest tournaments. That’s a pretty amazing thing. I wonder what would happen
if you played 35 a year. Let’s try it, Tiger. Come on,
that back is in good shape. (laughter) He played a record 142
consecutive PGA events without missing a cut.
That’s incredible. He has a PGA Tour
winning percentage of 23 percent of the events he played — a figure that nearly defies
comprehension. Nothing like it. At the punishing 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach,
the entire field shot over par, but Tiger finished 12 under —
the first time in US Open history anyone beat par
by double digits. He led the field by 15 strokes,
setting the record for the largest margin
of victory in the 150-year history
of a major golf tournament. That was the most amazing day
of golf I’ve ever seen. Tiger’s cumulative stroke total
was 29 better than the field average. A month later at the British
Open at St. Andrews, the home of golf,
Tiger finished 19 under par and 8
strokes ahead of the field. He then took the 2001
Masters, becoming the only player
in the modern era to win all four major championships
in a one-year period — a feat now known
as the “Tiger Slam.” Tiger’s determination
and work ethic drove golf to new heights of athletic
competition and popularity. The “Age of Tiger”
gave us moments that will live forever
in sporting lore, such as his unbelievable chip-in
on the 16th hole at the Masters. The shot rolled perfectly along
the slope of the green, and hung on the edge of the cup
for a breathtaking three seconds before finally dropping in. We’ve seen that shot many,
many times. In the midst of this success,
Tiger suffered severe injury. In 2008, he entered the U.S. Open with two leg fractures
and a torn ACL. On the third day
at Torrey Pines, he was one over par
after the 12th hole, and it really looked like
he had no chance. Then came some of the most
riveting scenes in golf history. He eagled the 13th — do you
remember that, Tiger, huh? Mr. Woods: Kind of. (laughter) The President: I thought so. He’s got a great memory,
this guy. And he remembers the good stuff, which is really important —
not the bad. We don’t want to — we just —
what you did there was amazing. Because he chipped in
for birdie on the 17th, and then eagled the 18th hole. All very vivid memories
for all of us. In the final round
on the 72nd hole, his ball was buried
in very thick rough, 101 yards from the pin, and he had to get it up-and-down
to keep his U.S. Open hopes alive. After hitting a 60-degree wedge
to within 15 feet, Tiger willed the putt in
to force a playoff. That was a great playoff —
with Rocco. He fought through the pain and won the dramatic
19-hole playoff on Monday. Unfortunately, two days later, Tiger announced that he would be
unable to compete the rest of the season
due to his injuries. In the years that followed,
Tiger endured knee surgery and four excruciating
back surgeries — I know that you remember, too — that’s not good,
but it ended up good — including
a spinal fusion in 2017. He fell from number one in
the world rankings to 1,199th. I don’t believe that. Even if he had one leg,
I don’t believe that. (laughter) That’s got to be the best bet
anybody ever made. Tiger’s injuries were so
profound that for two years he could barely swing a club. As Tiger said,
“There was a point in time I didn’t know
if I’d ever do this again” — if he’d ever play again. But Tiger fought through
the terrible pain, and he fought all the way back
to the summit of golf. Last year, we saw a sign
of what was to come when he won
the Tour Championship. People forget that, but he won
the Tour Championship last year. Then just weeks ago, the world
turned in to the 2019 Masters, and that was something special. What happened next
was one of the most incredible comebacks that golf,
or any sport, has ever seen. On Saturday, Tiger shot
six birdies for a score of 67, sending him
into the final round, tied for second place, and just two strokes
behind the leader. And they were looking;
they were watching. They were saying,
“Oh no, here we go again.” (laughter) In gusting winds on Sunday, still behind by two
strokes on the 12th, Tiger called upon his wisdom
and experience to play for par, while other players shot
and unfortunately they found the water. There was a lot of water
they found. He birdied the par 5 on the 15th
to take the lead for the first time
in the 2019 Masters. Then on the 16th,
he shaped a perfect draw, and the patrons roared — like they could only,
frankly, at Augusta — as the ball rolled to
within feet of the hole. Tiger was back on top and won
his first major in 11 years. And that was some major —
with record-setting television. (applause) I don’t know if you know
about that, Tiger. Record-setting ratings. Just as he did after sinking
his final putt on the 18th hole all the way back in 1997, he went straight
to his loved ones and embraced his kids, who were too young to remember
the last time he won a major. As of today, Tiger has 81 PGA
Tour victories — one behind the all-time record.
Going to catch that soon. He has won the second-most
major championships. He holds the record
for most weeks at number one in the world, more than twice as long
as anyone else. That’s an amazing number. In addition to his incredible
playing career, Tiger is a successful
entrepreneur — to put it mildly —
and devoted philanthropist; that’s how I
originally met Tiger. His TGR Foundation supports junior golf programs
around the country. His Learning Lab has helped
over 165,000 students pursue their dreams
in STEM fields. 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. These qualities embody
the American spirit of pushing boundaries,
defying limits, and always striving
for greatness. That’s what he does. Congratulations again
on your amazing comeback and your amazing life,
and for giving sports fans everywhere a lifetime
of memories. We can’t wait to see
what’s next, Tiger. It’s going to be good,
we know that. It’s going to be good because
there are no winners like you. And now I’d like to ask the
military aide to come forward and read the citation
for Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Thank you. (applause) Military Aide:
Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is one of the greatest golfers
of all time. He is second all-time in both
professional victories with 81, and major championships
with 15 — including five Masters,
three U.S. Opens, three Open Championships,
and four PGA Championships. With a record-setting
performance in 1997, he became the youngest person and first African American
to win the Masters. And in 2019, he became the tournament’s
second-oldest champion. Off the course, Tiger
established the TGR Foundation, which has empowered
students to classroom and career success
for more than 20 years. The United States is now proud
to honor Tiger Woods, whose tenacity, willpower, and
unyielding drive inspire us all. (applause) (The Medal of Freedom is presented.) (applause) Mr. Woods: Thank you, Mr.
President, Mrs. Trump. (applause) Thank you all. Thank you. I just want to say this has been
an unbelievable experience. And to have the support that
I’ve had for all these years — and everyone here has seen
and been with me for — some of you for my entire life, and some of you
for more than half my life. You’ve seen the good
and the bad, the highs and the lows.
And I would not be in this position
without all of your help. In ’97, yes, I won the Masters.
And I was there to — I ended up hugging
my dad and my mom. My dad is no longer here,
but my mom is here. I love you, Mom.
Thank you. (applause) And Sam and Charlie,
for all your love and support. I love you guys so much.
Erica, thank you. I mean, everyone has meant — you guys have meant
so much to me in my life. And I’ve battled —
I’ve tried to — I’ve tried to hang in there and I’ve tried
to come back and play — play the great game
of golf again. I’ve been lucky enough
to have had the opportunity to do it again. And I’ve found a game
that has allowed me to do this. And the amazing
Masters experience that I just had
a few weeks ago certainly is probably
the highlight of what I’ve — what I’ve accomplished so far
in my life on the golf course. To have had that type
of experience and to be able to come out
on top and win. Joey, thank you.
All the great reads, too. (laughter) I just want to say thank you,
again. This is an honor. I know that
I’m the fourth golfer to have received this award: the late Arnold Palmer,
the great Jack Nicklaus, and Charlie Sifford, who is —
I always called him “Grandpa,” because he was like
the grandpa I never had. And I ended up becoming
so close with him that I ended up naming my son,
Charlie, after him. And so to have been chosen
as the next golfer after Charlie
is truly remarkable. So, thank you, again.
And thank you, Mr. President. (applause)

100 thoughts on “President Trump Presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

  • Do democrats ever see their runner ups omg nothing but losers will to sell out people for a gold platter

  • This is obviously an act of a racist. People are so foolish and the media isn't news anymore it's just anti-trump propaganda.

  • Donald Trump just announced that he will be giving Melania Trump the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

    Donald Trump said: 'No other first lady in the history of the world or universe, has ever had their tits and cunts photographed more than Melania'
    All Americans should be proud!

  • I don't play golf but I will watch tiger woods play anytime cos your watching a true champion the best of the best.

  • I'll bet the draft dodging coward kept a medal for himself. What a POS. this CIC (Child In Crisis) is.

  • Not only a Hard working Devoted Man
    But a CLASS ACT and
    A Credit to AMERICA
    🇺🇸 TIGER WOODS🇺🇸
    ⛳🦅🐯 🎖
    ONE of our OWN👍🏻

  • darcy socialistcnnreporter finally opening his mouth on cnntv (stating President Trump and Info Wars are still colluding after the twitter ban), after Alex Jones blasted his [email protected]$$ like a man, at the White House like how many weeks ago.

  • very fitting ! perfectly in line with what the President has said, we are going on a winning spree ! and Tiger did just that. making America win and Americans winners again ! 🙂 congratulations Mr. Woods, amazing and inspiring ! no matter the odds, hard work, dedication and passion will achieve the goal bring about victory and carry you aloft to unprecedented new heights. beautiful and well deserved !

  • darcy is feeling extra exposed for his life now that Alex Jones blasted him at the White House (like a man)! (as if MAGA is anything like these threatening antifapigs) (LOCK them UP)

  • If the Philadelphia Eagles…the Golden State Warriors and the Virginia College players don't want to go to the White House when they won the Championship on their respective leagues…FUCK THEM!
    Who the hell they think they are? There were many GALLANT and BRAVE young men who went to real battle fighting for our great American Flag in world war I and II…in Korea…in Vietnam and in Afghanistan…most of them never even returned home alive. These
    GREAT and REAL warriors were the one that deserves to be be THE GUESTS in the historic White House where our great leaders
    like Abe Lincoln…Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt used to sleep. Yes…some of our GREATEST warriors and finest soldiers were never ever been inside or near the White House. And yet some BUM athletes like the football players from Philadelphia and basketball players from Golden States Warriors like KEVIN DURANT and STEPHEN CURRY were bragging on various FAKE NEWS MEDIA that they will not go to the White House. So what? Who the hell are they? National heroes? They really should not go…because they don't deserve to be even in the gate of the White House. Just because they won a championship…and earning millions of dollars…they think they have the privilege to meet the President in the White House? These players were delusional. There were young soldiers who were stationed in Afghanistan today risking their dear lives everyday and earning not even a fraction of what these nincompoop players were getting just to PLAY games…yes getting paid just to PLAY like a child. But compared to the gallant young soldiers who were not playing in the battlefield but fighting a real bloody war with their dirty boots
    on to these PLAYERS wearing expensive NIKE sneakers made in China…who is more worthy to be called a REAL FIGHTER or a REAL MAN? Yes if you compared these
    arrogant players to our soldiers…they were nothing…they were WORMS. So…if ever these football players and basketball players won a championship again…don't invite them to visit the historic White House. Never…ever…even ask these CREEP to get near the gate of the world famous WHITE HOUSE. Because even the shadows of DURANT and CURRY don't deserve to be near the White House. They are not worthy. They are just SOME players…who played with BALLS.

  • Tiger Woods deserves to be in the White House…because he is a genuine hero and a surviving VICTIM of the vicious attack from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. TIGER graciously accepted the medal from TRUMP and was happy to be in the historic place where great leaders like Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt used to sleep. Tiger is a decent man…unlike Durant and Curry who were always bragging on the FAKE NEWS MEDIA that they will not go to the White House if invited. Of course…the President of the RICHEST country in the world and the Commander in Chief of the most POWERFUL Armed Forces in the Universe Donald J Trump…will not even ask Curry and Durant to go even near the gate of the White House…because they might be bringing with them some FAKE NEWS MEDIA reporters. There are already so many FAKE NEWS MEDIA reporters covering the White House gigs.

  • Yes Tiger Woods is a great golfer granted. And i'm sure He's a nice and regular kind of guy. However that all being said. When the shit hit the fan with his personal life He should have manned up and said yes you got me i'm no ST. He should have had more balls about it all. In stead of wilting to the press and public. He should be and stay single unless He can keep it in his pants. Man up Tiger and stop letting others dictate who you really are. Have more balls man.

  • Bravo Tiger!! 🇺🇸
    Bravo Mr. President!! 🇺🇸
    Bravo American Patriots!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • از خداوند سبحان برای امریکا و مردم آمریکا سالی بدونه غذب خواخانیم همان بلایایه طبیعی

  • Thank You President for restoring this man’s life … he was really destroyed after the sex scandal but people have to realize that when you are rich and famous things are different and people behave different towards you. If you don’t protect yourself and your dick, people will rape your life. I am sure he has learned his lesson a very hard way.


  • Mr president let's show America the true left by exposing Brian Sims who is a poltician that harassas women for praying over planned parenthood. I'm sick of watching these thugs on the left harass women and children.

  • Tiger Woods Congratulations to all of your achievements I started watching Golf after seeing one of your games never seen anyone play golf like you did enjoy watching Mr.Woods. God Bless our President Of the USA 🇺🇸 States, First I want to Thank God and Thank you Mr. President Wow you have done so much for America USA 🇺🇸.

  • Payback for Tiger slipping the orange-haired idiot his names and phone numbers of the hookers he's had over the years.

  • I keep clicking thumbs up but it doesn't add it. God bless you Tiger and our wonderful President Trump!!!

  • socialism is putting all kind of pigpeople behind all kinds of desks, that have no business being behind them!

  • Trump is a murderer and should hang for the murder of thousands of civilians in Yemen, Trump supports MBS that Saudi criminal who killed keshogi the news reporter, Trump and MBS should hang for MURDER

  • Iran should nuke Israel largest city and destroy their air force and army bases and cities for world PEACE

  • Omg you got to be kidding. I guess beating the hell at of females gets this medal by a womanizer. Just because they play golf together at trumps golf courses. Lmao this is funny as hell.

  • Que o Deus Eterno abençoe o Presidente Donald Trump e seja autorizado a Derrotar Narcisistas Socialistas Fora dos EUA; "A América nunca será uma Nação Socialista Narcisista".

  • Sniff sniff goes Trump poor Tiger no hero good golfer but does not deserve this but there you go that's Trumps stupidity go have some more drugs Trump your an embarrassment

  • A Trump speech is way more enjoyable and exciting than anything from the marvel cinematic universe and whatever they call that dc universe.

  • If you guys remember it was President Trump that predicted Tiger's comeback!!! Go Tiger! Go Trump!!!! God Bless my wonderful country and my wonderful president!!!!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Boy, the tRump factory must have been working hard to get all these positive comments out. Strangely, not one mentions his 10,000 lies, his refusal to hand over his tax returns or his blocking the release of the unredacted Mueller report.
    Still, this 1 good deed will cover a multitude of sins. Even if Tiger Wood gets paid millions of dollars to play games, that's the sort of think tRump can relate to.

  • Thats racism right there. You racist bastard. The left is blowing up right now. How dare he put a medal around a black mans neck.

  • Medal of freedom for a black golfer to get the black vote meanwhile the person who deserves the medal of freedom Julian Assange is arrested and put in Prison by Trump and his brainwashed catholic Taliban . How stupid and arrogant are the gullible Christians of America .

  • How Donald Trump spoke about WikiLeaks during 2016 presidential campaign and lied to the world after authorizing the arrest and imprisonment of Julian Assange as wiki leaks could expose his own lies and corruption before the elections >>

  • I was very moved watching this. I know nothing of golf or Tiger Woods so this was quite enlightening to see. Tiger and Trump both have Winston Churchill's attitude of never giving up, always believing you can win.

  • I love U, President Trump, U have proven the Integrity that America is to We the People. Our leaders are in PANIC mode coz they know it's theyr LAST. Satan is throwing last hurrrah but hes dumb coz HE NEVER WINS. And will those leaders. Its time for FRESH people to work along side w U Hallelujah!

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  • Stunned. Where else can you lie, cheat on your wife with many many women, betray your children and loved ones and receive an award of tremendous honor from the President just because you are a celebrity who is successful at sports. Smh

    Why do we give such high respect and honor to so many celebrity athletes even though they live a life of immorality or drugs or even crimes as though they are gods?!

  • Hold on. The WH just learned about that spousal argument, drunken departure and fire hydrant incident. The award has to go back.

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