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Twitter user Legal Hooks: Matt Kuchar disrespected me when I was a 16-year-old caddie

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With Matt Kuchar’s character being called into question by many golf fans after the nine-time winner on the PGA Tour justified paying stand-in caddie David Ortiz $5,000 at last year’s Mayakoba Classic, a can of worms appears as if it may be about to spill open.

Going by the username of Legal Hooks, a Twitter user who allegedly caddied within the same group as Matt Kuchar at the 2006 Rheem Classic on the then Nationwide Tour, has claimed that Kuchar treated the then 16-year-old in an unfavorable manner.

In Legal Hooks’ social media thread, he claims that while in the group caddying for Bryce Molder, as the players exited the clubhouse, minus Molder who had made a pit-stop, the players and caddies began to hand out ice cream, which is when his experience turned sour.

Treating this with the requisite grain of salt necessitated in the social mediaverse, here’s the thread.

According to the then caddie, Kuchar “hadn’t a single kind word (to say) to me or act like I even existed” throughout the day. The reaction of Kuchar’s caddie, which involved tapping the youngster on the back and offering him a granola bar, is a sign to Legal Hooks that he wasn’t the first or last to be treated disrespectfully by the former Players champ.

The backlash against Kuchar appears to be gathering pace, with plenty of people on social media voicing their disappointment at the 40-year-old’s handling of the caddie dispute involving David Ortiz. Previous incidents, which made little impact on golf fans, such as the one below, look a lot more cynical all of a sudden and are gaining much more traction than they did when they first surfaced.

As business mogul Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Kuchar may be finding out the truth of that adage the hard way.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. David Moore

    Feb 22, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    As long as fools continue to report trash. Other fools will continue to believe it. Get over yourselves….snowflakes.

  2. Scott

    Feb 21, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Did this guy get the full 10% of the $5 Nassau?

  3. Beagle Shanks

    Feb 21, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Hi, my Tweeter handle is “Beagle Shanks”. Back in 1992, Kooch finger-banged me in the caddy shack at Glistening Beaver Golf Club.

  4. Tee-Bone

    Feb 21, 2019 at 12:47 am

    This is weird. A certain player with 18 majors treated people like shit for years and nobody cares. They just want to see him keep winning. But it’s open season on white dudes.

    • Wahhh

      Feb 26, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      “Open season on white dudes” Wow. One dickhead gets called out for being a dickhead and now it’s “open season on white dudes” fragile much?

  5. Carson

    Feb 20, 2019 at 10:06 am

    what a baby grow up and do your job and shut up.

  6. Dave

    Feb 19, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Well, golly-gee!

  7. Jackson

    Feb 18, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I caddied…had my guy throw his clubs into the lake after a shanked shot, ordered me to swim in and get them. I told him NO. He had me kicked out of the club. That’s the way it goes. Golfers tend to be assholes about things when they get mad after hitting a bad shot. I get that. Its part of the game, unfortunately.

    The Kuch story sounds as bad as it is–somebody in need tries to take advantage of somebody in need…shove the crap down hill. Sad, yep. Revealing- oh hell yeah.
    Jackson

  8. Mad-Mex

    Feb 15, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I bet all those bashing Kuchar are Saint Tiger Woods worshipers,,,,,,,,,,

    • Professor

      Feb 18, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      …and if they are Tiger fans? I fail to see the correlation. Tiger is in the same camp as Pete Sampras, Scotty “No Tippin” Pippen, and now Matt “El Cheap” Kuchar…Tight wads. But it sounds like you have a little resentment for Mr. Woods. Sounds personal.

  9. Eric

    Feb 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Oh goodness. Media is now going Tabloid on this. I am now unsubscribing to this trash news outlet.

    • Rascal

      Feb 19, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Oh goodness, I’m looking for the people who will care!

    • kevin

      Feb 26, 2019 at 10:57 am

      lol yet you clicked to read the article.

      i’ve never understood this. people complaining about a certain story and why it was written…yet you clicked on it. It’s the media’s job to write stories that people click on.

  10. Tom

    Feb 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Where is Tim “Dr. Evil” Rosafart on this?

  11. Harry Heiny

    Feb 14, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    The dude signed a contract doesn’t anybody stick to contracts these days? And this cow dung that is always peddled across social media platforms is destroying this country slowly but surely. I mean the dude should be furious with himself for not taking the extra $15k that he was offered at the beginning of all this. What a ducking moron!

    • Joey5Picks

      Mar 7, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      “The dude” didn’t sign a contract. Like virtually all caddies, it was a verbal agreement. I get your point, though, that they had a pre-arranged agreement.

  12. stephenf

    Feb 14, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Most likely total bullsh$%, unless there’s proof that this story was told — and corroborated — before the Mexico thing.

    I’m no fan of people acting like jerks, and if he did, he deserves criticism for it. What he does _not_ deserve is trial and crucifixion by uncorroborated social-media stories.

    As for the Mexico thing, it’s ridiculously parallel with white-liberal “let me take care of the helpless” paternalism. The man made a contract, was happy with it, and ended up with $5K for a few days’ work as a nonprofessional caddie. If I sign on as a sideline gofer for an NFL team that’s in town this week, I’m not going to expect to get the same pay as a regular with experience, either. Everybody’s acting like Kuchar shot the guy. It’s just insane. And it’s all in pursuit of the “rich white man in rich white-man game stiffs poor oppressed man” narrative. It’s guilt by social-media consensus, and it’s absolutely intolerable that golf publications are contributing to the nonsense.

    • Log

      Feb 15, 2019 at 3:08 am

      I love this comment

    • Mower

      Feb 18, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      Spot on! We’re smarter than this!

    • Rich Douglas

      Feb 19, 2019 at 1:22 am

      Disagree completely. The power balance in such a deal is whack. The player has all the cards. He should recognize this and make a better, fairer deal from the outset. All that “a deal’s a deal” and “contract” stuff is just b.s. The problem wasn’t the fiasco that ensued after the win; it was the one-sided deal made before the win. If this is the way Kuchar treats people less powerful than him, it’s disgusting. I’m glad he made it up (finally), and I hope he learns from it. That said….

      Any other stories that come out of the woodwork are highly suspect. They sound rather opportunistic and I tend to dismiss them without corroborating evidence. Kuchar may have lost the benefit of the doubt, but not the preponderance of the evidence. Telling a tale about an ice cream bar–which most certainly could be subject to multiple interpretations–is silly.

      • Vas

        Feb 20, 2019 at 10:44 am

        I think this guy probably told that ice cream bar story a thousand times to his friends and now finally feels some vindication that the guy he thought was an @$$hole is now certifiably an @$$hole. It’s not like he’s looking for any financial compensation, so I tend to believe it. Just think how many caddies these pros have had in their lifetimes. Thousands easily. One bad day gets you a guy who thinks you’re a bad guy… but now people are listening.

        Totally agree on your points about the deal. Spot on. Many of these guys must think it’s okay to tip 0.38% on a huge meal as well.

        • bjb

          Mar 5, 2019 at 5:24 am

          It’s OK to tip 0.00% if the service is sh#t

  13. Tom

    Feb 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Sounds like Kuch’s good guy image is a big phony act, he seems to be actually be a big jerk like his old man…..the golf media had us fooled, but now the truth is seeping out!

  14. behrm

    Feb 14, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I worked at an exclusive golf course this summer, and Kuchar spent a few weeks there the previous summer. Everybody who worked there at the time had nothing but good things to say about Kuch, he tipped well to the outside service guys and was played rounds with the pros at the course and acted like a regular member.

    • stephenf

      Feb 14, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      It won’t matter. All that will matter is the social-media narrative. It’s there to be sold. It’s negative, it allows for hating, and it’s dramatic. It always outdoes anything close to a balanced or vetted or sane look, and it requires no proof at all.

      Which is a very big reason we are where we are as a culture and a nation. It’s just sickening.

  15. real recognize real

    Feb 14, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Deal’s a deal on this on too, right boys?

    • Rich Douglas

      Feb 19, 2019 at 1:26 am

      No, because the “deal” was made from an imbalance of power. It was coercive and exploitative. Kuchar, being the one with the real power in the relationship, should have made a fair deal at the outset.

      • Nick

        Mar 6, 2019 at 1:03 am

        I’m sorry but there is an “imbalance of power” with every caddie/pro. You think these guys need a caddie to win? El Tucan/Kuch is a perfect example of the reality. Kuch made an offer, the guy accepted. When Kuch makes that deal he has NO idea he’s going to even make the cut, let alone win, the caddie knows this as well. He can take the job or leave it…. and he chose to take it. If he didn’t Kuch could have gotten anyone else and had the same outcome… Stop acting like the Caddies are the reasons these guys win… the are of some help but let’s also not over value them. The Pro DOES hold the cards, like it or not.

        That said, I still think it makes Kuchar look like a cheap ass MOFO for not just offering more after the win, even as a thank you bonus, but he’s not obligated to if they already had an agreement.

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