US president Donald Trump calls Tiger Woods to honour golf legend

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Donald Trump reveals he spoke with Tiger Woods after his Masters triumph as US president announces plan to honour golf legend with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

US president Donald Trump has revealed that he spoke with Tiger Woods following the golf legend’s thrilling victory at the Masters on Sunday.

Woods ended a decade-long wait for a major victory as he finished on 13 under par at Augusta to claim his fifth Masters gong — having also won the famous tournament in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.

Trump was delighted for his fellow American and tweeted: ‘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!’

Forty-three-year-old golf legend Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters at Augusta on Sunday

Forty-three-year-old golf legend Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters at Augusta on Sunday

American Woods won the Masters for a fifth time but it was just his first major win since 2008

American Woods won the Masters for a fifth time but it was just his first major win since 2008

Donald Trump (centre) pictured with Woods and Jack Nicklaus (left) in Florida earlier this year

Donald Trump (centre) pictured with Woods and Jack Nicklaus (left) in Florida earlier this year

Trump shared a picture of himself and Woods on Instagram as he posted his congratulations

Trump shared a picture of himself and Woods on Instagram as he posted his congratulations

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with the Congressional Gold Medal, is the highest civilian award in the USA.

Woods will become the fourth golfer to receive the honour, after Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charles Sifford. 

Other sportspeople to be receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom include tennis icons Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King.

Trump has already honoured three sports stars — Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan Page — since becoming president in 2017.

Woods now has 15 major championship wins to his name and is three away from equalling the all-time record of 18 — set by Nicklaus.

Nicklaus was on his boat in the Bahamas on Sunday night when he was asked whether he thought Woods could reel in his total of 18 majors. He chuckled down the telephone line and said: ‘You know, he’s got me shaking in my boots, guys.’

Trump has revealed that he plans to honour Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Trump has revealed that he plans to honour Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Woods was a popular winner on Sunday and the majority of fans in the crowd looked delighted

Woods was a popular winner on Sunday and the majority of fans in the crowd looked delighted

Tiger's mum Kultida (left), girlfriend Erica Herman (right) and two children were at Augusta

Tiger’s mum Kultida (left), girlfriend Erica Herman (right) and two children were at Augusta

Woods hugged his mother as the eyes of the world gazed at him via countless cameras

Woods hugged his mother as the eyes of the world gazed at him via countless cameras

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