Woods to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom next Monday

May 2 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Donald Trump next Monday, the White House said on Thursday.

Woods, 43, ended an 11-year major championship drought when he won the Masters on April 14, and Trump tweeted the following day that he would present the golfer with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, "because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE."

Woods's career was almost ended by a serious back injury, before a spinal fusion two years ago proved successful and allowed him to make a comeback.

His Masters win was the 15th major title for Woods who is second only to fellow American Jack Nicklaus (18) on the all-time list of major champions. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Congratulations to @TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!
Running the numbers on how long it’ll take me to get to 15... https://t.co/PcNSF2oCzB
Congrats Tiger! What a performance..
Tears.. so proud of this man
Whoa! Way to feel the flow, @TigerWoods! Huge congrats! Love, Happy Gilmore
What a comeback!!! Congrats @GCTigerTracker on winning @TheMasters #green https://t.co/m9NJ8O5y1G
I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other. Knowing all you have been through phy… https://t.co/LCIYSbINxs
Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.
I SALUTE YOU @TigerWoods‼️‼️‼️ #Inspired
The tradition continues... and OH MY GOD! What an unbelievable day. We watched Tiger Woods win the Masters. Congratulations @tigerwoods that was incredible to watch. History. #themasters #tigerwoods
The greatest come back in the history of sports! Congrats @TigerWoods!!!! 🐯✨ https://t.co/mbai9RVD7G
TIGER 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 #masters2019
A big BIG congratulations to @TigerWoods for winning the Masters!! The roar of the Tiger is back!
Greatest comeback story in sports! Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!
A big “well done” from me to @TigerWoods! I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!! 👏🏼 @TheMasters
You KNOW this one is framed and on the office wall! Congratulations, @TigerWoods on one of the greatest comebacks e… https://t.co/ysUS20VN53
#themasters Tradition! CONGRATULATIONS @TigerWoods BEST OF ALL TIME! 🏌️ https://t.co/NciqCce0tA
Big time ✋🏾 hi-five to @TigerWoods so impressed on your comeback & win. I don’t play golf but Tiger transcends all… https://t.co/XUMgCzKFFY
Golf courses everywhere in the world will be packed after tigers win today. Hate him or love him he’s the reason mo… https://t.co/CRtOMwlks3
What a beautiful day it’s been watching #TheMasters and #TigerWoods win. As a father I couldn’t help but cry when h… https://t.co/54H3AZqmTG
Speechless ❤️ @TigerWoods
I can’t even handle how happy I am for @TigerWoods . I cried for him. I feel so happy he has this win, and he made… https://t.co/zwq5DnIOUX
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