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Tiger Woods is set to visit the White House on Monday to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, confirmed that a ceremony would take place in the Rose Garden where Woods will get the USA’s highest civilian honour.

The award is handed out at the discretion of the sitting president.

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The day after Woods’ Masters win last month, ending an 11-year wait for his 15th major victory, Trump tweeted to say he would be conferring the honour upon the 43-year-old.

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Woods will become the fourth golfer to receive the honour.

Arnold Palmer was the first, when President George W. Bush bestowed it on him in 2004. A year later, President Bush conferred the same honour on Jack Nicklaus before President Barack Obama announced Charles Sifford as a recipient in 2014. 

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Other sports people to have received the honour include Jesse Owens (Gerald Ford, 1976), Joe DiMaggio (Gerald Ford, 1977), Muhammad Ali (George W. Bush, 2005), Billie Jean King (2009, Barack Obama), and Michael Jordan (Barack Obama, 2016).

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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