If there were a Mount Rushmore for golfers, Tiger Woods would probably be in it. But President Donald Trump's decision to award the nation's highest civilian honor to Woods has raised questions about whether the president should boost the profile of a business partner of The Trump Organization.
Trump planned to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Woods during a ceremony at the White House on Monday night. The president announced his intention to do so after Woods won the Masters Tournament last month, crowning a remarkable recovery from an injury and years of personal problems that had left some wondering if he would ever win at the professional level again. Woods won his 15th golf championship with his victory in Masters and his 81st overall in the PGA Tour, both in second place.
Trump understood the importance of the moment for golf and his fans, and tweeted that he was awarding Woods the medal because of his "incredible success and return in sports (golf) and, most importantly, LIFE".