Gary Player and Annika Sörenstam to be honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is honoring a pair of retired pro golfers with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the president can give a civilian.

Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player will receive the medal during a White House ceremony on March 23, the White House announced Friday. Both are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Player, who is South African, won 24 PGA Tour events and 118 international tournaments.

Sörenstam, who is Swedish, completed her LPGA career with 72 tournament victories and was the dominant female player of her era, earning The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award three consecutive years beginning in 2003. Sörenstam is the first LPGA player and the first female athlete who is a naturalized citizen to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to the LPGA.

Trump played with Sörenstam and Player last fall at his private club in northern Virginia.

The president gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods last year after Woods won his fifth Masters title.

Golf Monthly sat down with Justin Rose to discuss the secrets of his game! In this interview we learn how his swing has changed over the years, what he learnt from his Dad and working with his coach Sean Foley. Justin reveals some interesting insights to his game which could potentially benefit your game too!


In the opening of the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Rory McIlroy records five birdies, one eagle, and one bogey on Thursday and settles in at solo second.

Tiger Woods Among 10 finalists for the World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Tiger Woods and former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem are among 10 finalists who will be voted on next week for the World Golf Hall of Fame class of 2021.

Woods was among four finalists from the male category that include three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, British Open champion and architect Tom Weiskopf, and the late U.S. Open champion Johnny Farrell.

Four women nominated as finalists are Dottie Pepper, Sandra Palmer, Beverly Hanson and Susie Maxwell Berning. Finchem and Marion Hollins, the U.S. Women's Amateur champion involved in building Cypress Point and Pasatiempo, were nominated as contributors, which replaces the Veteran's category and Lifetime Achievement category.

The finalists were determined by a nominating committee of 26 people, including six Hall of Famers and 10 media members.

Neil Tappin is joined by PGA Professional and Youtuber Alex Elliott, and they go through the 5 most important golf lessons every golfer can benefit from. They cover many areas of golf and what they discuss can be easily implemented into your game, which will help make a difference to your game!

Quick Look at the Puerto Rico Open

Opportunity knocks in beautiful Puerto Rico this week, as Grand Reserve Country Club once again hosts a bevy of PGA TOUR players looking to push their seasons to greater heights.

Core golf fans know it is weeks like these where players often come of age. Sure they’re not in Mexico City at a World Golf Championship, but some of the 120 players in Puerto Rico certainly will be in the future.

Those with an eye on the FedExCup Playoffs know a few points here in this vibrant Caribbean destination could make all the difference, not to mention the two-year winner's exemption and a spot in the upcoming PLAYERS Championship (if not already exempt) that are both up for grabs as well.

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In The Takeaway, Teryn Gregson recaps the Good, Bad & Unusual from the Genesis Invitational, where Tiger Woods holes out from the bunker after a miss, enlisting actor Chris Pratt’s approach in Monday’s Celebrity Cup, while Rory McIlroy nearly holed out at Tiger’s feet while he tended the pin as a joke.

Top Takeaways from the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show

The 2020 PGA Merchandise Show has come to a close, and what a thrilling week it was. From new products and services on display to educational experiences for all in attendance, the PGA Show set up 2020 to be an incredible year for the game of golf.

As we look back on the week that was, here are a few things you might have missed as you were soaking in all the exciting news coming out of the Orange County Convention Center.

A new chapter at PGA.com

The PGA of America launched a newly reimagined PGA.com to connect consumers with PGA Professionals. The redesigned site, which is now managed in-house by the PGA, focuses on the journey a golfer takes to begin or improve their game, no matter their skill level.

“PGA.com is designed to bring to life the special relationship between PGA Professionals and consumers through coaching and other consumer-focused services, with a vision that ‘your best golf is ahead of you,’” said PGA Interactive General Manager Rob Smith. “There are so many ways in which a journey in golf can positively impact your life. Our job is to identify the best ways to connect with PGA Professionals across all aspects of the game, beginning with coaching.”

Demo Day fun

When you have a driving range area that is the size of about 32 football fields, there is no shortage of fun that can be had testing out the latest and greatest equipment.

And even though the temperatures were a bit brisk, that didn’t stop things from heating up. PGA.com’s social correspondent Hailey Hunter helped us check out all the fun things going on.