Tiger’s award withdrawn

US Congress cancel top honor after affair scandal
Thursday , 10 December 2009
Tiger’s award withdrawn

The affair scandal surrounding TIGER WOODS has cost him a top honour from the U.S. Congress.

The golf champion's pristine reputation has been tarnished in recent weeks after crashing his car outside his Florida mansion and then confessing to "transgressions" following reports he had cheated on his wife, Elin, with a string of women.

Woods was previously nominated as a recipient of the highest Congressional award for a civilian by Democrat representative Joe Baca, in recognition of his "service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship, and in breaking barriers with grace and dignity by showing that golf is a sport for all people".

But the athlete's tabloid scandal has led to Baca reconsidering his nomination and the congressman has withdrawn his petition.

In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, Baca said, "In light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family, I will not pursue legislation awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal this session."