With just 13 days left in his term, Trump gave the nation’s highest civilian honor to Sweden’s Sorenstam, a 10-times major champion, and South African Player, winner of nine major titles.
Receiving the honor posthumously was Zaharias, who also won 10 golf majors as well as two track & field gold medals at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games and is regarded as one of the greatest American athletes of all time. She died in 1956 at the age of 45.
“Today, President Donald J. Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to Babe Zaharias. The President also presented the award to previously announced recipients Annika Sorenstam and Gary J. Player,” the White House said in a statement.
The trio joins Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Charlie Sifford and Tiger Woods as the only golfers to receive the award.
Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Woods last year after he won his fifth Masters title.