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Donald Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Tiger Woods smiles as he walks off the seventh tee during the final round for the Masters golf tournament Sunday

Woods' win, which was his first major title victory since 2008, marked a major career comeback for the 43-year-old.

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

President Trump Monday announced he would be awarding Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the wake of Woods' Masters victory Sunday.

The one-stroke win at Augusta National led to an outpouring of support from sports greats and politicians including Trump.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom (along with the Congressional Gold Medal) is the highest award that can be awarded to a civilian in the United States.

Woods' relationship with Trump is well-known.

And Trump tweeted about the Masters several times over the weekend, writing on Sunday afternoon that Woods was "a truly Great Champion!"

Trump, an avid golfer, and Woods have played together in the past including in February when the pair joined golf great Jack Nicklaus for a round at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.

"Love people who are great under pressure", he wrote after Woods won his first Masters title since 2005.

Trump handed out his first medals previous year, making a posthumous award to Elvis and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and baseball legend Babe Ruth.

Many are calling Woods' victory a personal and professional comeback.

A fifth green jacket?

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