Matt Kuchar apologises, pledges $50000 to Mayakoba caddie

At left Matt Kuchar and caddie John Wood. Below the crowds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

At left Matt Kuchar and caddie John Wood. Below the crowds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open

Matt Kuchar will pay up after all.

Golf Channel reporter Todd Lewis joins Sarah at the Sky Cart to discuss Matt Kuchar's statement in which he vowed to pay Mayakoba caddie David Ortiz his full entitlement for their win together in Mexico. He eventually agreed to give caddie David Giral Oritz $50,000 after winning the Mayakoba Classic near Cancun in November and was remorseful for his previous actions. Golf is a game where we call penalties on penalties.

"I think in any situation, if you can just understand where somebody else is coming from it makes the world a whole lot better of a place".

Kuchar won the event after shooting 22-under for the tournament, collecting $1.296 million in prize money.

The caddie later said that while he didn't expect to get the 10 percent - around $125,000 - as full-time caddies do, he thought that his services were worth at least $50,000.

Kuchar should not be commenting on what is or is not a great week for Ortiz, nor should he say he doesn't lose sleep over it, because that makes him look completely unsympathetic. Any transaction, all parties should come out feeling like they've won, and certainly in David's case he did not feel like he won in that situation and I needed to make that right. I read them again and I cringed.

"I think people know me well enough to know I wasn't trying to get away with anything, that is not how I operate", Kuchar added.

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But after completing his first round at the weather-delayed Genesis Open, Kuchar issued a statement in which he apologised for "marginalising David Ortiz and his financial situation" with his comments, and he vowed to contact the caddie and agree to his preferred fee, although Kuchar did not reveal what the final payment would amount to.

Kuchar, who ended a four-year victory drought at the Mayakoba Classic, said he and Ortiz agreed to a $3,000 U.S. payout for that week with a potential bonus that could total $4,000 United States dollars.

"Matt is a good person and a great player", Ortiz told Golf.com through an interpreter. "I was very clear and very upfront on Tuesday [the first day of the tournament] and he said 'OK'. And he said, 'OK.' He had the ability, with bonuses, to make up to $4,000", Kuchar told the website.

Kuchar responded to Ortiz a few days later, but his attempt at damage control only made the situation worse.

Later, Ortiz complained to Kuchar's agent, Mark Steinberg, and he was then offered an extra $15,000.

"Listen, I was stubborn, hard-headed", Kuchar said Saturday. That's where I struggle.

Weighing in on the controversy, six-times major victor Nick Faldo said Kuchar should have been more generous from the outset.

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