Matt Kuchar Defends $5K Payment To Caddie After He Won $1.2M After Tournament Win
If you’re a frequent viewer of professional Golf, then you’d know that Matt Kuchar is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. When he plays, fans seem to always belt out, “Koooooooosh” almost every weekend on the PGA Tour.
Along with being one of the nicest guys, he seems to be one of the cheapest as well.
Following a win last November at Mayakoba Classic, a win in which he earned over $1.2 million for, he paid his caddie just $5,000. David Giral Ortiz was a stand-in that week for Kuchar’s regular caddie, but instead of giving him something extra for helping him out on short notice, he stiffed him with such a low payment.
Kuchar had a chance to correct things when asked about it this week, but he made the situation even worse when he defended his actions.
Kuchar told Golf.com on Wednesday:
Kuchar said he told Ortiz he would pay him $1,000 if he missed the cut, $2,000 if he made the cut, $3,000 if he had a top-20 and $4,000 if he had a top-10. “The extra $1,000 was, ‘Thank you — it was a great week.’ Those were the terms. He was in agreement with those terms. That’s where I struggle. I don’t know what happened. Someone must have said, `You need much more.’”
To put things into proper perspective, Kuchar is not a man who is struggling for money, having won over $46 million on Tour and is 10th on the all-time money list.
According to a report, Kuchar tried to later offer Ortiz even more money, but by that time, he wasn’t having it.
The caddie said he was offered an additional $15,000, for a total of $20,000, but that he found that unacceptable. He also said he would not want to work for Kuchar at next year’s tournament.