Opinion: Time for golf's Babe Didrikson Zaharias to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Beth Ann Nichols, Golfweek
Published 7:03 p.m. ET May 6, 2019 | Updated 9:33 p.m. ET May 6, 2019

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With Tiger Woods receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday at the White House, it’s a good time to peruse the list of winners and see who’s missing.

Thirty-three sports figures have received the award, with Woods becoming the fourth golfer, joining Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Charlie Sifford.

Of the 33 athletes, only two are women: Billie Jean King and Pat Summitt.

What about Babe?

Not Ruth, he’s already on the list, awarded posthumously last year by President Trump. We’re talking The Babe – as in Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

The early LPGA was built to showcase Zaharias, one of the greatest athletes in American history. A woman who qualified for the 1932 Olympics by competing – and winning – as a one-woman team at the AAU Championships. Zaharias entered…

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