Jack Nicklaus congratulated Tiger Woods on Monday after the 43-year-old acquired the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“Heartfelt congrats to (Tiger Woods) on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom this night!” Nicklaus stated on Twitter. “His influence on golf and his capacity to encourage others to play this nice recreation is on par along with his unimaginable expertise!”
Heartfelt congrats to @TigerWoods on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom this night! His influence on golf and his capacity to encourage others to play this nice recreation is on par along with his unimaginable expertise!
– Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) May 6, 2019
Woods, who has struggled with accidents and off-the-course points in recent times, was awarded the medal by President Donald Trump after he shockingly took house the 2019 Masters title. It was Woods’ 15th main win however his first since 2008.
“Tiger Woods is a worldwide image of American excellence, devotion and drive,” Trump said Monday. “These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits and at all times striving for greatness.”
Woods was ranked as little as 1,199th on the planet as not too long ago as November 2017. He thanked his household and pals in the course of the ceremony.
“You’ve got seen the great and the unhealthy, the highs and the lows,” Woods stated. “I might not be on this place with out your entire assist.”
Woods turned the fourth golfer to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Arnold Palmer acquired the award in 2004 whereas Nicklaus and Charlie Sifford adopted in 2005 and 2014, respectively.
“I’m assured Arnold Palmer and Charlie Sifford would have agreed that this was certainly one of most humbling honors in our blessed lives,” Nicklaus said. “Tiger, welcome to this distinctive golf foursome.”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom – together with the Congressional Medal of Freedom – is the best award given to civilians in america. Different notable athletes who’ve earned the medal embody Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, amongst others.