tv President Trump Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods CSPAN May 6, 2019 6:10pm-6:35pm EDT
announcer: first lady melania trump arriving in the rose garden. we are just about to start the presentation of the presidential medal of freedom to tiger woods. ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states accompanied by elder tiger woods. [applause] mr. trump: thank you very much, please. maloney and i are delighted to and ie you to -- melania are delighted to welcome you to the white house on this beautiful spring evening. this is the rose garden, for
those of you who don't know, and we use it seldom, but this is one of the times we use it. today, it is my privilege to award the nation's highest honor to one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports, tiger woods. tiger, congratulations on receiving the presidential medal of freedom. [applause] we are thankful to be joined on this occasion by our great vice president. mike, thank you very much. members of my cabinet. some of our nation's governors. many distinguished members of the house and senate. we are also pleased to have tiger's mother, his daughter, and his son, his girlfriend, and his caddie. where is joe? stand up. good job. good job.
wow. [applause] good job, joe. for over five decades, the presidential medal of freedom has been given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to american life, history, and culture. this evening, we are in the presence of a true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf. he is also a great person, a great guy. he introduced countless new people to the sport of golf from every background and every walk of life. he inspired millions of young americans with his thrilling wire to wire victories. woods is a symbol of american excellence, devotion, and drive. at just ask months old, he watched from his high
chair as his dad -- a very special guy also, i got to know him, a veteran of the vietnam war and tough, but good. tough as mys mother. mr. trump: she might be tougher. she might be tougher. practiced at home. at 18 months, he was on the driving range and he was looking good. starting at age 15, he won three successive junior amateur titles. at 18, he became the youngest ever winner of the u.s. amateur tournament. amateure capped off his career with unrivaled consecutive titles. that would be six in a row. i say that is a record that can never be broken. that is incredible. strokeplay, matchplay, everything. that can never be broken. in 1996, he burst onto the professional stage as a rookie
of the year. in 1997 at augustine national, bobby jones's temple to the sport of golf -- augusta national, bobby jones's temple to the sport of golf, that the game would forever change. tiger stunned the world with his power, grace, and strategic brilliance. he shaped perfect drives down the rolling fairways, went flag hunting and tucked away pins with the heart stopping precision like nobody has ever seen before, and buried one clutch but after another. crush the field by 12, unheardgin of of, with the lowest score in masters history, 270. at 21 years old, he became the youngest masters champion of all time and the first person of
african-american or asian heritage to win the storied golf's fourr any of majors. as a new york times headline said the next day, woods tears up augusta and tears down barriers. incredible achievement. [applause] the green jacket -- amazing. the greenching jacket, tiger marched straight to his first coach, his dad, and embraced the man who inspired his enduring love of the game. mom,he turned to hug his the steady presence throughout his life. that is true. i have seen that. i have watched that. and the person who told him that red is his power color. that was a good move. followed,rs that tiger launched one of the single
most dominant runs in the history of sports. he holds the record for the lowest scoring average in pga tour history, 68 .17 in 2000. plays inber, he only the hardest tournaments. i wonder what would happen if you played 35 a year. tiger, calm on. he played 142 consecutive pga events without missing a cut. that's incredible. he has a winning percentage of 23% of the events he played, a figure that merely defies comprehension, nothing like it. at the punishing u.s. open at pebble beach, the entire field shot over par, but tiger finished 12 under, the first time in u.s. open history that anyone beat part by double digits. he led the field by 15 strokes,
setting the record for the largest margin of history -- of victory in the 150 year history tournament.olf that was the most amazing day of golf i have ever seen. his cumulative stroke total was 29 better than the field average. a month later at saint andrews, finishedof golf, tiger eight strokes ahead of the field. he then took the 2000 one masters, becoming the only player in the modern era to win all four major championships in one year, a feat now known as the tiger slam. tiger's determination and work ethic drove golf to new heights of athletic competition and popularity. the age of tiger gave us moments that will live forever in sports re, such as the unbelievable
chip on the 16th hole of the masters. rolled perfectly along the edge of the green and hung at the edge of the cup for an amazing three seconds before finally dropping in. we have seen that shot many times. in the midst of this success, tiger suffered severe injury. in 2008, he entered the u.s. open with two leg fractures and a torn acl on the third day at torrey pines, he was one over par after the 12th hole. it looked like he had no chance. of the mostme riveting scenes in golf history. he eagled to the 13th. do you remember that, tiger? tiger: i do. mr. trump: he has a great memory, this guy. and he remembers the good stuff, not the bad.
what he did there was amazing. chipped in the birdie on the 17th and then eagled the 18-hole. vivid memories for all of us. was buried in thick rough 101 yards from the end and he had to get it up and down to keep his u.s. open hopes alive. after hitting a wedge to within 16 feet, tiger willed the pot into force a playoff. that was a great playoff. he won the dramatic 19 hole playoff on monday. unfortunately, two days later, he announced he would be unable to compete the rest of the season due to his injuries. in the years that followed, andr endured knee surgery four excruciating back surgeries. i know that you remember, too. not good.
but it ended up good. including a spinal fusion and 2017. one in them number world rankings to 1199th. i don't believe that -- even if he had one leg, i don't believe that. soer's injuries were profound that for two years, he could barely swing a club. a point said, there was in time i didn't know if i would ever do this again, if i would ever play again. but he fought through the terrible pain and he fought all the way back to the summit of golf. last year, we saw a sign of what was to come when he won the tour championship. people forget that, but he won the tour championship last year. world tunedgo, the
into the 2019 masters, and that was something special. on saturday, tiger shot six birdies for a score of 67, sending him into the final round just to second place strokes behind the leader. they were looking. they were watching saying here we go again. on sunday, still behind by two strokes on the 12th, tiger called on his wisdom and experience to play for par while other players shot and unfortunately found the water. there was a lot of water they found. buried the par five on the 15th to take the lead for the first time in the 2019 masters. the 16th, he shaped a perfect draw and the patrons roared like they can only do at agusta.
as the ball rolled within feet of the whole. back on top and wins his first major in 11 years. and that was some major. record-setting television. i don't know if you know about that, record-setting ratings. as he did after sinking his final thought on the 18th hole, all the way back in 19 -- final way on the 18th hole, all back in 1997, he went to his two young kids who were too young to remember the last time he won a major. today, his pga victories are one behind the all-time record. he will catch that soon. he will hold the record for most weeks at number one in the world, more than twice as long as anyone else, an amazing number. in addition to his incredible
playing, tiger is a successful entrepreneur, to put it mildly, and devoted philanthropist. that's how i originally met tiger. his foundation supports junior golf programs around the country. his learning lab has helped over 165,000 students pursue their dreams in stem fields. tiger, we are inspired by everything you have become and attained, the job you have done is incredible. you are spectacular achievements on the golf course, your triumph over physical adversity, and your relentless will to win, win, win. these qualities embody the american spirit of pushing boundaries, defying limits, and always striving for greatness. that's what he does. congratulations again on your amazing comeback and your amazing life, and forgiving
sports fans everywhere a lifetime of memories. we can't wait to see what's next. it's going to be good. we know that. it's going to be good because there are no winners like you. now i would like to ask the military aid to come forward and read the citation for tiger woods presidential medal of freedom. thank you. >> tiger woods is one of the greatest golfers of all time. he is second all-time in both professional victories with 81 and major championships with 15, including five masters, three u.s. open's, three u.s. open championships and four pga championships. with a record-setting performance in 1997, he became the youngest person and first african-american to win the
masters, and in 2019, he became the tournaments second oldest championship -- champion. his foundation has empowered students to classroom and career success for more than 20 years. proudited states is now to honor tiger woods, whose tenacity, willpower, and unyielding drive inspire us all. [applause]
tiger: thank you mr. president, mr. trump. thank you all. beent want to say this has an unbelievable experience. support i have had of all of these years, some you for my entire life, and some of you for more than half my life, you have seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and i would not be in this position without all of your help. in 1997, i won the masters. i was there to -- i ended up hugging my dad and my mom. my dad is no longer here, but my mom's. i love you, mom. thank you. sam and charlie, for all of your
love, i love you guys so much. erica, thank you. everyone of you have meant so much to me in my life. i have battled. i try to hang in there. i have tried to come back and play the great game of golf again. i have been lucky enough to have an opportunity to do it again. and again that allows me to do allows me toe that do this. the amazing masters experience i had a few weeks ago certainly is one of the highlights of what i have accomplished so far in my life on the golf course. to have that type of experience and to be able to come out on top, joey, thank you so much. say thank you again.
this is an honor. i know i am only the fourth golfer to receive this award. arnold palmer, jack nicholson, and the man who was like the grandfather i never had. i was so close to him i ended up naming my son charlie after him. so to be the next golfer after charlie is truly remarkable. thank you again. thank you, mr. president. [applause] pres. trump: come on up. come over here.
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