Trump, an avid golfer, and Woods have played together in the past [Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters]

US President Donald Trump has awarded golfer Tiger Woods the country’s highest civilian honour, describing the 43-year-old as a “true legend” who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport’s summit. 

Woods was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Monday, as he became the fourth and youngest golfer to receive the prestigious award.

Trump announced last month that he would honour the star golfer with the medal, a day after Woods won a fifth Masters title, ending an 11-year major title drought having overcome personal and professional setbacks, including a highly-public divorce and multiple surgeries.

An emotional Woods

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