It was the 43-year-old Woods' first victory at Augusta National since 2005 and his first major title since 2008.
The duo shares a love of the game of golf, but both have also risen to unpredictable and spectacular comebacks: Trump from bankruptcy to the presidency; Woods from public shaming following multiple affairs, injuries and a resulting painkiller addiction, to winning this year's Masters.
To be noted that it has been awarded to almost three dozen sports figures since its inception, including golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who were honored by president George W Bush. He has also bestowed the Medal of Freedom on three other athletes so far: football players Roger Staubach and Alan Page, and baseball legend Babe Ruth. "Woods also played golf with former President Barack Obama". But Mr. Trump waited only a few weeks after the Masters to celebrate Mr. Woods.
After watching Woods clinch the 2019 Masters tournament on April 14, Trump, an avid golfer, tweeted his congratulations, calling him "a truly Great Champion".
Trump played golf with Woods and Jack Nicklaus, who are generally considered the two best professional golfers in history, at his course in Jupiter, Florida in February.
Woods was joined at the ceremony by his mother, Kutilda; daughter, Sam Alexis, 11; son, Charlie Axel, 10; and girlfriend Erica Herman.
The award was initially established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, per Yahoo Sports.
Established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the honour is bestowed upon those who have made an "especially meritorious" contribution to United States security or national interests, world peace, cultural pursuits or other non-specified endeavours.
Woods said the important thing was to respect the office of the presidency, regardless of who happened to be occupying the White House. We've had dinner together. The famously private and guarded Woods even revealed a personal detail about Sifford, saying the elder golf pro was "the grandpa that I never had". But Rush Limbaugh, who recently played with the President, says it's all in good fun. "And I use it", he said, looking toward the 43rd president. "No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office", Woods said at the time, earning the ire of ESPN commentator Max Kellerman.