Matt Kuchar Defends Paying Caddie $5K: ‘Can’t Make Everybody Happy’
What’s a great quarterback without his offensive line blocking for him, a great scorer in basketball without the point guard to set them up? And what’s a golfer without his caddie?
Matt Kuchar had won the Mayakoba Classic back in November and received a $1.296 million check. However, he only payed caddie David Giral Ortiz $5,000 out of his pot.
“I feel like I was taken advantage of.”
— Golf World (@GolfWorld) February 12, 2019
The amount has been criticized by the media and golf fans as being too small: caddie deals on the PGA Tour tend to vary, but there is usually an extra amount thrown in for top-10 finishes and typically a 10 percent bonus for a win. This throw-in or cash bonus is not mandatory but it’s expected, which is what caused the controversy to begin with.
With the ten percent bonus, Ortiz could have received over $100,000 in revenue.
“I feel like I was taken advantage of,” said Ortiz.
— CJ (@squashems) February 12, 2019
Kuchar responded by saying: “It’s done. Listen, I feel like I was fair and good.”
Kuchar later confirmed to GolfChannel.com that he and Ortiz had originally agreed to a $3,000 fee for the week with a bonus amount that could up that total to $4,000. After the win, Kuchar confirmed he paid Ortiz $5,000 and also offered him an additional $15,000, which the caddie turned down.
“Making $5,000 is a great week.”https://t.co/KstrlHRyop
— Golfweek (@golfweek) February 14, 2019
One predictable takeaway from the Matt Kuchar-caddie pay dispute: Mark Steinberg’s ability to defuse thorny public relations issues remains abysmal.
— Eamon Lynch (@eamonlynch) February 12, 2019