Jan 7 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, dealing with requires his elimination from workplace, turned from controversy to ceremony on Thursday as he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfers Annika Sorenstam, Gary Participant and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
With simply 13 days left in his time period, Trump gave the nation’s highest civilian honor to Sweden’s Sorenstam, a 10-times main champion, and South African Participant, winner of 9 main titles.
Receiving the glory posthumously was Zaharias, who additionally received 10 golf majors in addition to two observe & discipline gold medals on the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Video games and is considered one of many best American athletes of all time. She died in 1956 on the age of 45.
“Immediately, President Donald J. Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to Babe Zaharias. The President additionally introduced the award to beforehand introduced recipients Annika Sorenstam and Gary J. Participant,” the White Home stated in an announcement.
The trio be a part of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Charlie Sifford and Tiger Woods as the one golfers to obtain the award.
Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Woods final 12 months after he received his fifth Masters title.
It was introduced in March that Sorenstam, Participant and Zaharias can be introduced with the award however the ceremony was postponed as a result of novel coronavirus outbreak.
Trump, who’s an avid golfer and owns a number of course all over the world, has performed with each Sorenstam and Participant.
The ceremony supplied a short distraction from the chaos that has engulfed the White Home following occasions on Wednesday when Trump at a rally fired up his supporters to overturn the election outcome earlier than a mob swarmed the Capitol.
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto, Modifying by Ed Osmond)