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What Tiger Woods said during his Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House	
				Scott Taetsch  USA TODAY Sports

What Tiger Woods said during his Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House Scott Taetsch USA TODAY Sports

U.S. President Donald Trump gives professional golfer and business partner Tiger Woods the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House May 06, 2019 in Washington, DC.

"Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive", Trump said of Woods, per NPR.

Fifteen-time major victor Tiger Woods has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is America's highest civilian honour.

Woods thanked his caddie, Joe LaCava, who was also in attendance, and he mentioned the three previous golfers to have won the Medal of Freedom: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Charles Sifford.

Trump hailed Woods, who has been criticized for his friendly relationship with the president, as a "true legend" and "an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance".

Trump has remained close with the superstar golfer despite the scandals, and Woods designed a course in Dubai expected to be managed by the Trump Organization.

Trump described the 43-year-old as "one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports". "I've been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to do it again", said Woods, who battled injuries in recent years.

"In 1997, yes, I won the Masters and I ended up hugging my dad and my mom", Woods said.

Trump praised Woods' "relentless will to win, win, win".

"I personally dropped Tiger a note off right after the Masters, after I got back from a trip".

According to ESPN, Woods is the 33rd sports figure and the fourth golfer to be honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sifford was the first African American to play on the PGA tour.

Trump awarded Woods. He's the golfer to earn the youngest and that distinction. For example, Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to Bruce Springsteen, who performed in concerts to support Obama's election efforts. The honor was launched by the then President, John F. Kennedy in 1963. It can not be revoked. Other past recipients include the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, Aretha Franklin, Billie Jean King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali.

Since taking office Trump has given the award to several athletes, including former professional National Football League players Roger Staubach and Alan Page as well as posthumously to baseball great "Babe" Ruth.