15 time major winner Tiger Woods has been presented with America’s highest civilian honour by President Donald Trump in Washington.
The prize recognises “individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours”.
Wood received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony.
Trump praised Woods’ “relentless will to win, win, win”.”These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries and defying limits,” Trump said.
Woods thanked his mother and two children during the ceremony.
“You have seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows,” said Woods.
“I would not be in this position without all of your help.”
Woods’ win at Augusta last month was his fifth Masters title and ended an 11-year wait to claim his 15th major.
His first Masters win came at the age of 21, when he celebrated with his father, Earl, who died in 2006.
Woods overcame persistent injury problems – including four back operations culminating in fusion surgery in April 2017 – to win his first major title for over a decade with a one-shot victory at Augusta.
Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and Michael Jordan are among other athletes to win the award.