Donald Trump has awarded fifteen—time major winner Tiger Woods with America’s highest civilian honour, but not everyone agrees it should have gone to him.

The 43-year-old golfer, who recently won the Masters at Augusta back in April received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House Ceremony.

The award recognises people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavours."

The US president called recent Masters winner a "true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance” and called him a “great guy.”

In a speech, Trump said: "He's a great guy.”

He introduced countless new people to the sport of golf, from every background and walk of life. ... Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive.

In response, Woods emotionally thanked him for the accolade, as his mother Kultida, his two children Sam and Charlie, his girlfriend Erica Herman and his caddie, Joe LaCava watched on.

"You've seen the good and bad, the highs and lows, and I would not be in this position without all of your help," he said.

In a tweet, Woods added:

It’s an incredible privilege to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Considering the recipients, history, and what this means to me and my family, it’s also very humbling. Thank you all for your support and I hope this inspires others to never give up on their dreams.

People online however thought the prestigious award could have celebrated someone who’s contributed to the country in a more meaningful way instead

Others pointed out the golfer's past scandals...

But some people thought the medal did, in fact belong to him.

Others have argued that Woods, with his strong track record in golf, and with his Masters victory being called ‘the greatest comeback in sports of all time’ – is deserving

And have said that the medal has been given to sportspeople in the past

To say it's divided opinion would be an understatement

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