An excited Tiger Woods receives the Medal of Freedom in the White House

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The American golfer Tiger Woods, who won the Augusta Masters on April 14 for the fifth time in his career after 14 years, has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil honor in the United States, from the president American Donald Trump.

The victory in Augusta last month put an end to an 11-year drought without titles for the 43-year-old golfer, who also went through personal and professional setbacks, including a divorce and several operations for his back problems. Thus, Woods is the fourth golfer to receive this award, after Arnold Palmer, Charlie Sifford and Jack Nicklaus.

An emotional Woods thanked the support during the years that did not raise any title to those who attended the ceremony at the Rose Garden in the White House. "I would not be here without your help," he declared after Trump had placed the medal around his neck.

"In 1997, yes, I won the Masters and I ended up embracing my father and my mother. My father is no longer here, but my mother yes, I love you mom, "said the athlete, his voice broken by emotion as he thanked his two sons and his girlfriend Erica Herman. Woods recalled his first victory in Augusta 22 years ago, when he was 21 years old with his father and mentor Earl, who died in 2006.

President Donald Trump, a golfer, described the 15-time champion of a big one as "a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive." This medal is awarded annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to the security or national interests of the country, to world peace, to culture or other important public or private initiatives.

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