The day after the riots in Congress House, the outgoing US President Donald Trump still handed the Medal of Freedom to Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player.

Notice from the White House said the ceremony was held on schedule, in the East room on January 7 with the presence of about 50 people and banned the press. One of the guests mentioned above Golf Channel that the event went well.

The day before, Trump crowds flooded the Capitol in Washington as the US Congress was about to ratify the results of the new presidential election, with Joe Biden’s advantage. The riots left four people dead.

Marc – the eldest son of Gary Player – disagrees with his father’s presence at the White House. “I can’t believe it. I wish my dad politely declined this,” wrote Marc Twitter 7/1 day. Player has six children.

Not the first time Marc publicly disagreed with his father. Last June, both in a dispute of ownership and business with the same name company Player. At that time, Marc was in the role of CEO mentioned above Golfweek“I am extremely sad that my personal and business relations with my father have been eroded.”

In addition to Sorenstam and Player, Babe Zaharias (died 1956) also received the Medal of Freedom this period. All three are members of the Temple of Fame golf world. On behalf of Zaharias to receive the medal is Mr. WL Pate Jr – Chairman of the Fund of the same name of the late famous player.

Zaharias (left), Sorenstam and Player are the three golfers who received the Medal of Freedom in early 2021. Photo: Fox News

Zaharias (left), Sorenstam and Player are the three golfers who received the Medal of Freedom in early 2021. Photo: Fox News

In 2019, Sorenstam and Player both played golf with Mr. Trump. At that time, the Trump-Player faction lost to Sorenstam-Senator Lindsey Graham.

Sorenstam, 50, won 10 major out of 72 titles and is the only player to score a rare 59-stroke score in LPGA Tour history.

Player, 85, owns nine major in 24 championships in the US arena. He is part of a group of five golfers reaching the grand slam milestone – winning the full quartet of traditional major including Masters, US Open, PGA and The Open Championship. The remaining four are Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods. After retiring, Player started making golf, designing more than 400 courses through his own company.

Zaharias is not only good at golf. She won the gold medal, ran over the hurdle of 80 meters and threw a javelin in the 1932 Olympics. She did not practice golf until 1935, but later on Zaharias won 10 major titles, being the only female player to cut three times at the PGA Tour.

The Medal of Freedom, awarded by the President of the United States, has been in existence since 1963, to honor individuals with special merit in national security and interests, as well as world peace or in cultural fields. society. This award, together with the National Assembly Gold Medal, is the duo of the highest civilian titles in America. Before Sorenstam, Player and Zaharias, golfers who received the Medal of Freedom included Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Charlie Sifford and Tiger Woods.

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