President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to Babe Didrikson Zaharias and also presented the honor to fellow golfers Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player during a White House ceremony Thursday.
The White House said in a statement about the honor, "Today, President Donald J. Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to Babe Zaharias".
In 1953, she was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery.
The trio join Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Charlie Sifford and Tiger Woods as the only golfers to receive the award.
She set world records at the 1932 Olympic games in hurdles, javelin throw, and high jump, winning two gold medals and a silver one.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom awards "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavours", the site adds. "They represent all of golf, a mostly lilywhite sport that has struggled for decades, to its continuing detriment, to attract women and people of colour". She won 10 LPGA major championships - including four Western Opens, three Titleholders Championships and three U.S. Women's Open titles.
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Player, who is South African, won 24 PGA Tour events and 118 worldwide tournaments.
Player on the other hand, who turned 85 in November, is without a doubt one of the greatest golfers to ever grace the game, but this is not the first time he has been in the firing line for his political views. She was an all-around athlete nicknamed "Babe", after Babe Ruth.
Some have called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked so Trump can be removed from office while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says she plans to impeach Trump a second time.
Sorenstam and Player both played golf with President Trump in 2019, with Sorenstam and Sen.
Babe Zaharias Foundation President W.L. Pate Jr. reportedly accepted the award in an East Room ceremony before about 50-60 people that was not open to reporters, thegolfchannel reported. He won nine major championships in his career.