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President Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom following “incredible comeback in sports and life”

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On Monday, following Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2019 Masters, President Donald Trump announced that the 15-time major champion would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Along with the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award of the United States, and Woods will become the fourth golfer in history to receive the medal.

President George W. Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, while President Barack Obama bestowed the award upon Charlie Sifford in 2014.

President John. F. Kennedy established the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, and it is an award which on average is handed out just 11 times per year.

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. bj

    Apr 17, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Agent Orange strikes again

  2. Joe

    Apr 17, 2019 at 1:02 am

    As a Navy veteran, I’ll side with General Matts when he declares trump is an idiot. Mattis will salute Clinton, Bush, and Obama, but won’t salute Trump. He might know a little more about the current president than the hacks around here.

  3. Harry Hoopla

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:44 am

    The Presidental Medal of Freedom is a joke. For christ sake Ellen DeGeneres has one.

  4. Patty McReederson

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:33 am

    A Presidential Medal of Freedom? Really?? I think an honorary European Tour Membership is more in line here..

  5. Jose Pinatas

    Apr 16, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Sigh… go away Trump. If he goes away, I will. Maybe worth it for some of you…

  6. Imissalot

    Apr 15, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    What an honor for Tiger to get this from possibly the greatest president to ever hold the office!

    • Aj

      Apr 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      Idiot

    • Boyo

      Apr 18, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Your handle says it all!

      Unfortunately you and your ilk procreate at a 4 to 1 level to the more intelligent people in this country.

  7. Seth Riser

    Apr 15, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    No one deserves this award more than Tiger Woods. I hope he waits a couple years and receives it from a real president and not a self-aggrandizing buffoon.

  8. Pelling

    Apr 15, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    It’s a shame that the President has to insert himself into Tiger’s story, and ride on Tiger’s coattails. On his own, Trump is a loser, a cheater at golf, and no one wants to have anything to do with him. Maybe by 2020 we will be done with the orange clown and he can employ a foot wedge on his own ball at his own golf course where illegal immigrants toil in violation of the law.

    • Snowflake

      Apr 15, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      Most of the pga tour supports this great president. Look it up for yourself. Your opinion is only respected at munis, where you probably spend your time playing

      • bc

        Apr 15, 2019 at 7:56 pm

        Yes they support him because he is all about helping the rich get richer, and since most of them are millionaires they like that plan!

        • Mad-Mex

          Apr 15, 2019 at 10:50 pm

          Name the last poor person you ever worked for,,,,,,,,, I love his plan and no, I am not rich, just your average ex-illegal who became legal,served for 20+ years, made some smart investments and after 20 year in Fed. Law Enforcement, will retire next year at age 60 on about $7,500 a month.

          • Nyt

            Apr 16, 2019 at 1:45 am

            Well done sir, congratulations on your success in life.

          • Jose Pinatas

            Apr 16, 2019 at 8:17 am

            7500 a month? That’s rich bro.

            • Mad-Mex

              Apr 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm

              Thank You,,,,,
              Did not do it alone, great woman next to me. Discussing part is I am considered a “traitor” and sell out by several family members because I don’t “share” my good “luck”.

      • Big Bad Wolf

        Apr 15, 2019 at 11:07 pm

        President Eisenhower and broadcast TV help create and promote “Munis” to help the game grow. Private country clubs did nothing but perpetuate exclusiveness and status as it has done from the beginning. If there were no “Munis” the PGA and LPGA Tour would be missing many great players today!

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/1/20): PXG putter, Cobra SZ Xtreme, SIM driver

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member backtee72 – TaylorMade SIM driver head

The TaylorMade SIM is one of the lowest spinning heads on the market, so with that in mind going up in loft could be your ticket to longer drives!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: SIM Driver head

Member KingKong – Cobra SZ Xtreme driver

Looking for a stable driver built for speed? Welcome to the SpeedZone! This driver is in great shape and shafted with a Fujikura Ventus Red – get ready to bomb it.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra SZ Xtreme

Member AdamsBrian74 – PXG Darkness operator putter

This blacked-out and stealthy putter from PXG looks great, feels great, offers a ton of stability…did I mention looks really cool too!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: PXG Darkness putter

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Photos from the 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship

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GolfWRX is on the ground covering the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship.

You can check out the discussion thread in the forums to see what GolfWRX members are saying about subject’s from Wyndham Clark’s PXG Blackjack putter, an in-hand look at the Titleist TS4 driver, and more.

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Morning 9: Is Pebble beach really a “public” course?

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1. Is Pebble beach really a “public” course?
Will Bardwell for his Lying Four blog on the “public” element of the famed plausibly public track…“More importantly, though, is the indisputable fact that Pebble Beach is “public” on technicality alone. In 1982, when Pebble Beach hosted its second U.S. Open, the greens fee was $70 (about $188 in 2020 dollars, when adjusted for inflation). Today, Pebble’s greens fee has soared to a gargantuan $575 – and that doesn’t include the $45 cart fee, or the $95 caddie fee, or the caddie’s gratuity. And unless the player stays overnight at the resort (a two-night stay and play package starts at nearly $2,800), tee times cannot be made more than 24 hours in advance. Pebble Beach is a bucket-list destination – but that’s because few golfers are able to afford the experience more than once, if that.”
  • “…it is public in name only, and nevertheless is rewarded year after year as the model toward which every public course should strive. If there’s no disincentive for Pebble to make itself more accessible, then why should Sawgrass or any other high-end destination?”
  • “And ultimately, it’s Pebble’s failure to embody the best – indeed, the most important – qualities of public golf that cries out for its demotion. Any course that deserves to be called the best of American public golf should offer public golfers the best the game has to offer: an inviting environment, creative architecture, and realistic greens fees. On that, Pebble fails…”
2. NGF: Golf participation is booming as coronavirus lingers
Golfweek’s Jason Lusk…“The National Golf Foundation and Golf Datatech released a report last week that said rounds played in August in the U.S. were up 20.6 percent over 2019. That was roughly 10 million more rounds played in August 2020 than in August 2019. The report said that was the largest year-over-year monthly increase since Golf Datatech began tracking rounds two decades ago.”
  • “All that comes on the heels of year-over-year increases of 19.7 percent in July, 13.9 percent in June and 6.2 percent in May. That was after more than half the courses in the U.S. were shut down in parts of March and April because of the pandemic or seasonality – rounds played in April 2020 were down 42.2 percent versus April 2019.”
3. Renee Powell to lead US side at Junior Solheim 
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols…“Renee Powell set to lead Team USA at Junior Solheim Cup; Annika Sorenstam will captain EuropePowell forged her own trail as well, captaining both the Ohio and Ohio State University golf teams. She fought through racial prejudice, even death threats, as the second Black player to compete on the LPGA.  After retiring from the tour, Powell continued to grow the game as an ambassador, traveling to Africa more than two dozen times.”
4. Johnny’s love/hate
I LOVE that golf equipment is getting better and better as each year passes by. As I get older and the muscles get tighter, it’s nice to know that with a quick tweak or a new setup I can leap back 15-20 years and still play like I used to. Technology as a whole has been so good to this game. It started with the Pro V1, and we stand here today with kids coming up at 200 mph ball speed, what a world.
I HATE how obsessed we are with distance over lower scores. The blame is on all of us, but I’m dying for an OEM marketing campaign centered around Golf IQ, and not all ball speeds and launch. The whole point to any of this is getting the ball in the whole faster and more consistently. How we hit it should be secondary to how we play. Simple as that.
5. Southern courses distancing from Confederate associations
Tom Cunneff for Golf Digest…“The tragic killing of George Floyd caused a lot of people in our country to rethink things, and certainly our situation was no different,” says Mike Gonzalez [Secession Golf Club], the club’s president who, unlike the majority of members, lives in South Carolina. “So, I invited our members to weigh in, and it was clear we needed to do something [to separate themselves], particularly anything that could be deemed to be connected in any way to the Confederate cause, which is certainly nothing we could support. I didn’t want to take any chance that we could be perceived to be something we’re not, because Secession is a very welcoming and inclusive club.”
“Changing the name was also considered, but after speaking with many of the 900 members, including all African-Americans members (the club wouldn’t divulge how many there are), Gonzalez concluded that that step wasn’t necessary because the name is meant to acknowledge the broader history of the area, not the act itself. He cites the fact that the Reconstruction Era that enfranchised African Americans, at least for a while, began in Beaufort in 1861 after the Union Army overtook the Lowcountry following its decisive amphibious assault at the Battle of Port Royal. The white plantation owners fled while more than 10,000 enslaved people, about one-third of the enslaved population at the time, stayed and became free.”
“Also being questioned this year are the handful of clubs named after Confederate generals…”
6. Rory works out? Who knew?
Golf.com’s Luke Kerr-Dineen…“Rory’s issue early in his career is that he was very flexible but didn’t have much strength. And while we often regard lots of flexibility as a good thing, it’s a double-edged sword. You don’t have enough strength to manage that flexibility, your golf swing can veer out of control and create stress in different parts of your body.”
  • “I wanted to get stronger and build up a little bit of robustness in my body,” he said. “Honestly, make myself a little less flexible, a little stiffer, that was one of the reasons. I had so much movement in my hips and in the lower part of my spine that there was not enough stability to protect the joints and the discs and the vertebrae.”
7. Inside the Ryder Cup postponement
CNN’s Sandy Thin… “At that stage we started making all sorts of alternative options, what we’d do with picking the team, how we get in the right amount of play, and just making all different scenarios for selection, qualification, picks, timings, all that.” But as the pandemic spread and the early optimism over fans returning to the grandstands faded, hope quickly diminished and in July, the decision was announced that Whistling Straits — the Wisconsin course hosting the event — would have to wait another year, as the Ryder Cup was postponed until September 2021.”
8. Best Driver 2020 2.0
If you haven’t checked out our update to Best Driver of 2020 and/or need additional clarity for your driving buying decision-or merely want to see what some of the best fitters in golf have to say about the best big stick based on your swing speed, check out the fall edition of the Best Driver.
9. “I could watch golf until the cows come home’: Ballymena farmer becomes an online hit with the hottest seat at the Irish Open
If you haven’t seen the photos from last week’s Irish Open, moo-ve down the page to have a look.
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