Woods overcame personal and professional adversity to win his fifth Masters title last month. Trump tweeted after the tournament that he had congratulated Woods and informed him that he would be receiving the medal because of his "incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE."
It's the nation's highest honor for a civilian and presidents have wide discretion over whom to award it.
Trump is an avid golfer who played with Woods at Trump's golf club in Jupiter, Fla., in February. Trump also watched the Masters from his Virginia golf club.