Tiger Woods weeps as he receives the Medal of Freedom from President Trump
Yesterday, on Monday, May 6, Donald Trump presented the Medal of Freedom to golfer Tiger Woods.
The president described Woods as "one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports," and praised him for his groundbreaking achievements. "He's also a great person. He's a great guy," Trump continued. "He inspired millions of young Americans with his thrilling wire-to-wire victories. Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion, and drive."
Upon accepting the award, Woods became very emotional - not just at the momentous achievement, but also that he was unable to share it with his father, who passed away in 2006.
"In 1997, yes, I won the Masters and I ended up hugging my dad and my mom," Woods said. "My dad is no longer here but my mom is here, I love you mom."
He continued: "The amazing Masters experience I just had a few weeks ago certainly is part of the highlight of what I've accomplished in my life on the golf course."
You can see the moment Woods gets choked up over the honour:
However, not everyone is pleased about Trump's decision to award to medal to the 43-year-old sportsman. Indeed, many have compared it to a business deal.
"The president’s company, the Trump Organization, hired Tiger Woods to design a golf course at the president’s company’s golf course in Dubai," said CNN's Jim Acosta.
"That obviously shows that there are some business ties between these two men. And I suppose a critic could argue after watching all of this that there might be somewhat of an advertisement going on here, a TV ad going on here in handing out this Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods. It is, in effect, publicizing one of the Trump golf courses there in Dubai that Tiger Woods had a hand in. Although we should point out that particular course has not opened yet."
Others on Twitter were particularly vocal with their opinions on the matter.
And a few people made some obvious jokes about why Trump may have chosen Woods to receive the medal.
Regardless of the backlash on social media, however, Woods is very pleased with the award - as is Trump.