World Golf Hall of Fame members will be honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom on March 23 in Washington
Announced: By the White House, that golf champions Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, regarded as one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, on March 23 in Washington. Player, 84, of South Africa, is regarded as one of the game’s greatest global ambassadors, having won 165 times worldwide, including 24 times on the PGA Tour, nine of which were major championships. His Player Foundation raises money for underprivileged children around the world. He is one of only five winners of the career Grand Slam, having joined the likes of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Sorenstam, 49, a native of Sweden who is a naturalized American, won 72 times on the LPGA, including 10 major championships, to rank third on the tour’s all-time victory list. Since retiring in 2008, Sorenstam has headed the Annika Foundation, which promotes golf and health for female juniors, collegians and professionals. Player and Sorenstam are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The medal is awarded by the president to citizens who make an “especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” It was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Only four other golfers have received the medal: Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, from President George W. Bush; Charlie Sifford, from President Barack Obama; and Tiger Woods, from President Donald Trump.
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