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Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Tiger Woods speaks to the media after winning The Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, at Augusta National Golf Club. Rusty Jarrett/Augusta National/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday said he would award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom after the golfer won the Masters for the fifth time on Sunday.

"Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM," Trump tweeted.

The victory on Sunday was one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, as the 43-year-old ended an 11-year major title drought having overcome personal and professional setbacks including a highly-public divorce and multiple surgeries.

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

Trump, an avid golfer, and Woods have played together in the past.