Matt Kuchar says it was fair paying caddie $5,000 after million dollar win.
Matt Kuchar said he thinks a $5,000 payment to his caddie after his November victory at the Mayakoba Classic in November was fair despite going home with a $1.3 million check.
David 'El Tucan' Ortiz, a Mexican caddie who was on the bag for Kuchar's win, said in an interview with Golf.com that Kuchar treated him good but was disappointed how the situation turned out.
But Kuchar made no apologies about the payment, and says he offered Ortiz an extra $15,000 after the win, which was turned down.
"It's done. Listen, I feel like I was fair and good," Kuchar told GolfChannel.com. "You can't make everybody happy. You're not going to buy people's ability to be OK with you, and this seems to be a social media issue more than anything. I think it shouldn't be, knowing that there was a complete, agreed-upon deal that not only did I meet but exceeded.
So, I certainly don't lose sleep over this. This is something that I'm quite happy with, and I was really happy for him to have a great week and make a good sum of money. Making $5,000 is a great week."
The 40-year-old Kuchar, who is 22nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, is set to play at the Genesis Open this weekend.
"I kind of feel like unfortunately some other people have got it in his head that he's deserving something different than what we agreed upon," Kuchar said. "And it's just too bad that it's turned into a story, because it doesn't need to be. We had a great week."