Trump Posthumously Awards Babe Zaharias Presidential Medal of Freedom
Jan 10 2021
Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam have been slammed by golf fans around the world for standing beside Donald Trump at the White House to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, just a day after hundreds of his supporters stormed the US Capitol building, to which he responded by telling them "we love you, you're very special". The Swedish legend recorded 90 global victories and 72 LPGA Tour tournament wins.
Sorenstan, who is Swedish, has won 72 LPGA Tours, making her the winningest female golfer, and she has earned the The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award three times.
Player won 165 times overall, had 24 wins on the PGA Tour and won nine major championships. She received the award posthumously as she died at 45 in 1956 after battling colon cancer.
She pursued golf after her Olympic success, and her swaggering style and athleticism gave her 41 professional wins, with 10 victories prior to the founding of the LPGA in 1950.
Zaharias was the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event, in 1935, and remains the only woman to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.
George Zaharias was posthumously inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2020 in the Pioneer Era category which includes wrestlers active between the Civil War era and 1946. In the 1932 Games held in Los Angeles, Zaharias won the 80-meter hurdles and the javelin throw.
She made an appearance in Major League Baseball as well. She won two gold medals and one silver. Zaharias pitched in a handful of exhibition games in 1934.
"Babe Zaharias is one of the greatest women athletes of all time and did more than anyone else of her generation to promote women's golf". He is one of a handful of golfers who have completed a career grand slam. A year after her surgery, Babe won the women's U.S. Open by a record 12 shots.
Woods received his medal from President Trump in 2019 following his Masters victory at Augusta National, his 15th major championship triumph.