PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Matt Kuchar, in an interview with GOLF.com on Wednesday night, said he was "disappointed" and "sad" with his $ 5,000 fee on his Mexican card, David "El Tucan" Ortiz, $ 1.3 million in November at Mayakoba Golf Classic, led to hurt feelings about what became joy, learning wins.
"I think someone has reached his ear," Kuchar said. "I was very clear and very upfront on Tuesday [of the tournament week]. And he said, 'It's okay, he has bonuses, which make up $ 4,000."
Kuchar said he told Ortiz he would pay $ 1,000 if he missed the cut, $ 2,000 if he did the cut, $ 3,000 if he had a top-20 and $ 4,000 if he had a top-1
Ortiz described his salary of $ 3,000 for a week, with $ 2,000 as a down payment of whatever his bonus.
Kuchar was wet and tired after Wednesday's pro-am round which took nearly five hours to complete. He sits in a bank at the Riviera clubhouse and quietly explains his part of the El Tucan Affair within 20 minutes without his trademark sign.
A winning Tour caddy can expect to receive 10 percent of his players' winnings. In this case, it costs $ 130,000. For a club caddy at a resort that is usually made $ 100 to $ 200 a day, this would be a huge amount.
Ortiz said in a recent telephone interview that he was given a envelope on Sunday evening after a cash tournament here. He counts it after Kuchar left, he said. In an interview shortly after the November tournament, Ortiz said he still hopes to receive a bonus check for the win. He did not think he paid him in full. The point of Kuchar on Wednesday evening at the Riviera was that in his mind that he had paid Ortiz more than the agreed amount.
Kuchar described a local caddy he had in Mexico City a couple of years ago named Santiago and how he had dinner with him whenever he returned to Mexico City. "I hope that there will be such a relationship with David," Kuchar said, "but this does not happen."
Ortiz said he was not interested in working for Kuchar again, though he was described as a "good man and a good player." About 10 weeks after the November 11 event, Ortiz was offered an additional $ 15,000 bonus, which he denied. In an interview he said, "Not thanks, they can keep their money." He said he felt a $ 50,000 fee was appropriate.
Kuchar said he always had his intention to bring his regular man, veteran Tour caddy John Wood, to Mayakoba. The belief that Ortiz will play the tournament when Kuchar released this year "will never be something," Kuchar said.
Kuchar seems somewhat embarrassed that the extra amount is offered, because he felt his financial obligation to Ortiz was complete. Asked how it was shown that the additional amount was offered, Kuchar said, "It's the agency." He is referring to Excel Sports Management, which represents him. Agent of Kuchar has Mark Steinberg, who also represents Tiger Woods and Justin Rose.
Kuchar was asked who would actually pay the money.
Kuchar smiled and said, "It does not appear in Steinberg's pocket." , Kuchar will pay. He said that further proffered payment was Steinberg's effort to control the damage.
I think if you ask for the attendant room locker, they will tell you that they are happy to see me. I'm not Phil Mickelson, but these guys are like, & # 39; Matt is coming our way. & # 39;
"I think people know me well enough to know I'm not trying to get away with anything, that's not how I work," Kuchar says. He said that some players give him a hard time about caddy-payment debacle, "just as I would do with them." Kuchar has a reputation for having needle out and talking smack during training rounds.
Kuchar said he did not really understand why the pay dispute became an emotional issue. It said that a $ 5,000 caddy payment to a $ 1.3 million payday seemed sparingly, he nodded, but indicated he had a different look.
"For a man who makes $ 200 a day, a $ 5,000 week is a really big week," he said. .
"I try to look at the bright side of everything," Kuchar said. "I hope he's happy, I hope things are really good in his life. I must think, if he is given the same opportunity to do it again, he'll say, & # 39; Yes. & # 39; He's a good person, he's a good partner. The picture of two of us with a trophy, always on the wall in my office. "
There are players, somewhat or not, with a reputation for frugal tippers. And there are players at the other end of the spectrum. Asked where he came down to that spectrum, Kuchar said, "I think if you ask for the attendant room locker, they will tell you that they are happy to see me. I'm not Phil Mickelson, but these guys are like of, & # 39; Matt is coming our way. & # 39;
"Maybe I missed the boat here. I think, I went there [to Mexico City] next week, and win, I'm expected to pay him $ 130,000? "
Kuchar, the player ranked 10th in the all-time money list on the Tour with $ 46 million, has his own answer, he paid $ 5,000. If he paid $ 50,000, you would read etc. And he paid $ 130,000, he wanted to become a legend in Mayakoba, and in far-infested caves, forever.
Michael Bamberger could have reached [email protected]