After Just Giving Mexican Caddie 5K for Tournament Win, PGA Golfer Matt Kuchar Apologizes and Gives Him 50K

Feb 16, 2019
10:57 AM

David “El Tucán” Ortiz (l) and Matt Kuchar (r) after Kuchar won the 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic at the El Camaleón Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México (Photo via Mayakoba Golf Classic’s media page)

PGA golfer Matt Kuchar has finally realized that he messed up.

Earlier this week, Kuchar thought that his initial payout of $5,000 to Mexican caddie David “El Tucán” Ortiz for a $1.296 million Mayakoba Golf Classic victory last year in Mexico was “fair and good“.

“It’s done. Listen, I feel like I was fair and good,” Kuchar said on Wednesday. “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.”

Ortiz was Kuchar’s substitute caddie for that victory. They had agreed to a sum, but that was before Kuchar won $1.296 million. Caddies can get as much 10 percent if a golfer wins a PGA tour event.

Then, Ortiz spoke out , as well as bad headlines.

On Friday, Kuchar issued this apology and has given Ortiz $50,000.

It hasn’t been a good week for Kuchar, if Twitter is any indication: