Trump to honour Gary Player with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Gary Player (Getty Images)
Gary Player (Getty Images)

President Donald Trump will honour retired professional golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour.

The White House announced on Friday that Sorenstam and Player will receive the medal in a ceremony on 23 March, joining Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Charlie Sifford, and Tiger Woods as the only golfers to receive the award.

Sorenstam, who was born in Sweden, completed her LPGA career with 72 tournament victories and was the dominant female player of her era.

"I am enormously grateful to the President for this honor and all it represents to me, to my family, to the LPGA and the ANNIKA Foundation," Sorenstam said in a statement posted on the LPGA website.

"I am proud to be the first LPGA player and female athlete who is a naturalized American citizen to be recognized in this way. It is an overwhelming feeling."

Player, who is South African, won 24 PGA Tour events and 118 international tournaments.

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