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David Ortiz shares his side of the story from his Mayakoba controversy with Matt Kuchar

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Matt Kuchar returns to the site of his 2018 Mayakoba victory this week—a week which proved extremely damaging to the 41-year-old’s public persona.

The result of last year’s win was overshadowed after Kuchar paid his stand-in caddie, David Ortiz, $5,000 for helping him to his eighth PGA Tour win and the $1.3 million prize at Mayakoba. After a messy, publicised back and forth, Kuchar eventually paid Ortiz $50,000, and over the weekend the Mexican caddie revealed his side of the story.

Speaking to the New York Post, Ortiz revealed that he carries no animosity towards Kuchar following the incident, stating

“Kuchar is a good person. I’m not angry. Everything is good. Not paying was not good. But I have no anger.”

Per the report, before the event, Kuchar’s deal with Ortiz was that he would pay the stand-in caddie $1,000 for the Tuesday practice round, $1,000 for the Wednesday pro-am and $3,000 for the tournament rounds (cut made, or no cut made).

However, Ortiz then requested 10 percent should Kuchar go on to win, to which the 41-year-old responded “Of course,” though Ortiz claims, “it felt like he was just looking at me like I’m this little guy.’’

Kuchar’s payment of $5,000 did not equal one percent of his winnings and led to plenty of vocal critics amongst golf fans and pundits alike.

It was then director of golf at El Camaleon, David Lopez, who got involved on Ortiz’ behalf. Lopez contacted Kuchar’s agent, Mark Steinberg, who curtly blew off Lopez’ request that Ortiz’ payment be increased, responding to his email saying “No. What we paid you is fair.”

Following Kuchar’s comments that, “For a guy who makes $200 a day, a $5,000 week is a really big week”, Lopez once again emailed Steinberg stating that the issue had now become a racial one, and per the report, two days later, Ortiz had been sent an extra $45,000.

All’s well that ends well for Ortiz, who explained to the Post how important the $50,000 is to him.

“Fifty thousand dollars, for me, is big. It’s everything to me and not much to (Kuchar). The $50,000 I needed for my business and to fix my kitchen and bathroom at home and to buy a new cell phone.”

 

 

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  1. Bob

    Nov 13, 2019 at 1:32 am

    All the work of Kuchar’s scheister agent Mark Steinberg. Cheap POS.

  2. Ooo boy Alberto

    Nov 12, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    The retired baseball player David Ortiz aka Big Papi caddied for Kuchar during a tournament last summer? Was this before or after he was shot?

  3. Todd Dugan

    Nov 12, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    And more…this story is filled with inaccuracies. For example, the arrangement that Kuchar had with the caddie before the start of the tournament was $1,000 for missed cut, $2,000 for made cut, $3,000 for top 20, and $4,000 for top 10. Kutchar delivered on the agreement AND tipped an additional $1,000. That’s where the 5K cam from that Kuchar initially paid Toucan. This story says the agreement was $1,000 for Tuesday, $1,000 for Wednesday, and $3,000 for the tournament rounds, whether the cut was made or not. Total bull. Nobody pays the caddie the same for working 2 rounds as for 4 rounds. And let’s not forget that Kuchar, after receiving some criticism for poor tipping, offered to send Toucan $15,000. But that was refused, and $50,000 was demanded by Toucan. That’s extortion. And let’s not forget some other facts…”regular” caddies have to pay their own expenses to get to and from events, pay their own hotel fees, etc. Toucan was a “local” caddie and stayed at home that week. And do you really think Toucan was pulling clubs for Kuchar? They had just met! Some things to consider before you say that Toucan should have been paid what regular, full-time PGA Tour caddies get.

    • Rick

      Nov 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      You didn’t watch the tourney, did you? The fans were pulling for Kuchar because of Toucan, and were so loud and enthusiastic. Kuchar even said how important his green reading was to his win. Unreal he would cheap out on that.

    • Johny

      Nov 15, 2019 at 7:26 am

      You would look like the pathetic guy in your picture ????????????

  4. Jess Robinson

    Nov 12, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    I’m absolutely biased here. I’ve caddied a lot. From Juniors that I taught to looping at a private club to looping for someone that just made it through the second stage of Q school. First and foremost, it is almost guaranteed that Touc has a signed contract that states what he can and will charge for a loop and that contract is like the IOS agreement. Sign it and then you can use it, but it’s set in stone. The DOG reaching out to Steiny is proof of that. In most of those contracts it also states that no gratuity is allowed or that a minimum gratuity is automatically billed.

    Get past all that because it’s superficial and when a guy on tour shows up and needs a looper, he’s going to get the caddie that’s regarded as the best in the shop. ANY CADDIE is going to be on top of the world with a $5,000 week. Most Caddies are 1099’s and show up 2-3 hours before the round and for every 30 days they show up they get 25 loops. I know fifteen guys that Caddie full time and are DAMN GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO. They are there because they LOVE what they do. Not a single one of them made more than $40,000 in 2018 from Caddying. Some have passive/residual/investment income, one has a famous hot rod shop, one lives in a 7 figure house, three of them are barely making it.

    Any one of them could have wound up in this position. The difference being not one of them would make a deal without a handshake. Not one of them would bring out pen and paper, either. “10% capped at $50,000 and $5,000 guaranteed? Let’s go get’em, Boss.”

    I learned a long time ago that this business is long hours and low pay. We’re not here for the money. We are here for the game. I will give you the shirt off my back and the driver out of my bag, because I know I can replace it faster than the guy that needs it. When I had a check for $34,000 I made sure that the people that moved the ropes everyday got a hundred dollar bill.

    Always take care of the people around you and you’ll never have to worry about this stuff. One day you either were the guy on the bottom of the ladder or one day you will be. So do the job better than the competition and pay for the job better than the competition.

    • Chris P. Bacon

      Nov 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      Stop saying loop. Do you think you’re cool?

  5. GR

    Nov 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    10% of those winnings mean almost nothing to someone with Kuchar’s wealth and status, but that same 10% is a pathway that can change the lives of Ortiz and his family for the better. It’s because we now live in a world now where the smallest percentage of the population has the power to affect how the rest live and THIS is what’s wrong with our society. Before you all start pearl clutching over socialism and all that, I’m not advocating for that. I’m just saying that there needs to be some reckoning on this greed driven culture.

  6. AC

    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I love all the “enough already”, yet they read the article and took time to post. Let’s face it, this story was interesting and still is. Certainly past the point, and we’ve beat the dead horse, with calling Kuch a douche. I do agree it’s oddly convenient for el Toucan that just now the 10% claim comes out? Kuch can blame himself but also blame Steiny for bad council and judgement, he’s paying him management – this was a poorly managed situation.

    • MRC

      Nov 12, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      Bummer all the way around.

      Kuch had his reputation damaged.

      El toucan will blow thru his cash on BMW maintenance fees.

    • I need pills

      Nov 12, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Kuch is a douche. Just saying.

  7. I know donkeys

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Kduoooooooche, kduoooooooche, kduoooooooche….what a big donkey.

  8. James sweeney

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    As infinitum, ad nauseum. Move on.

  9. Jimmy Ray

    Nov 12, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Why is this still “news”?

  10. Todd Dugan

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    El Toucan is a lair. He didn’t even know that PGA “regular” caddies typically get 10% for a win until people started telling him that AFTER the win. No way Matt Kuchar is going to agree to give 10% for a win and then stiff him. This was blackmail, plain and simple. Should Matt have given a bigger tip? Sure. But to say that a local, fill-in caddie should automatically receive what a full-time caddie receives is ignorant. Do people know what arrangement every player has with every caddie, every week, on the PGA Tour? Of course not. But it doesn’t stop them from shaming Kutchar on social media, essentially demanded that he be banished from pro golf and society altogether. Oh, and Toucan is far from the poor, Mexican caddie that he was portrayed as. He bought a BMW with the extra cash from Kutchar.

    • Tony Yeh

      Nov 12, 2019 at 11:40 pm

      Kuchar did not dispute the 10% (that pretty much tells the whole story), he just used a condescending tone to brush the issue. Don’t shame people if you don’t want to be shamed. Also, you and I weren’t there, no point taking sides, just look at the facts. Anyone who is taking sides has his own problem.

    • Mustafa

      Nov 13, 2019 at 10:40 am

      Hey Todd.. what’s a lair? Is that like where a lion lives?

  11. JP

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    El Extortionist.
    .
    Next time get it in writing.
    .
    Hopefully there is no next time. I hope no PGA pro ever uses this extortionist again. Let him enjoy his $200/day job.

  12. JThunder

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Everyone has to remember that, for a double-digit percentage of the population, the wealthy white guy is always beyond reproach.

  13. Eastpointe

    Nov 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    This is the first time I’ve heard the caddie claim that Kuchar agreed to pay 10% if he won. Whether that’s true or not… we will never know. However… who am I to tell someone how to spend their money… if kuch didnt agree you 10% then he has the right to tip whatever he wants. If he did and didn’t pay then that’s a new all time low. But we will never know.

  14. Keith P.

    Nov 12, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I didn’t realize Steiney was Kuchar’s agent. With him involved it shouldn’t be a surprise that they tried to stiff the caddy.

  15. David Moore

    Nov 12, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Let it go’ snowflakes.

    • JK

      Nov 12, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Ok boomer

    • Moosejaw McWilligher

      Nov 12, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      People who say “let it go” are invariably the same who *never* let go of the things that bother them.

      Name calling is always the high road.

  16. Jack Gallagher

    Nov 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Mr. Kuchar discovered, albeit a little late, that he cares about the “court of public opinion.” In then end, he paid the caddie less than half of the regular 10% cut that Kuchar’s every-day caddie would have made. The lesson is that if you care about “optics”, then it “pays to be generous” up front, rather than get stuck playing catch-up.

    • Dan K

      Nov 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      10% isn’t standard for fill-in caddies. Never has been. Granted Kuchar could easily have afforded it, but that 10% compensates a regular tour caddies for their travel, time away from tournament play with the caddie, missed cuts, etc, and is usually the only money they make after expenses. Regardless $5k was way too low and Kuchar botched this.

  17. John Melley

    Nov 12, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I’m sure most fair minded readers, who were worth $50 million would have given the caddie his 10% without even thinking about it. . . the local knowledge had to help him win it. . . . . it was an opportunity to change someone’s life . . .and he botched it. . . then haggling for $15K then for $50K made him look really cheap. . . not long after that at the Match Play event he doesn’t give Garcia a 1′ putt and Garcia swipes at it and misses. . . he could have just as easily said “I said it was good. . .didn’t you hear me”? Then the TV interview with him and his arm around Garcia at the end made me a little more sick. . not a fan of the Kuch. . . kuch the mooch. . .

  18. Dave

    Nov 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    I wonder what Zach Johnson paid Kuchars wife, when Damon Greene quit during a round due to heat stroke? Maybe she was lucky and got a Gatorade or a signed glove.

    • slowplaylanger

      Nov 12, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      Very funny…I think Kutcher was looking to make some money!

  19. Dontbeselfish

    Nov 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Simple…Kutcher thought he could get out of paying the normal 10% because the guy was Mexican. If Kutcher was not a selfish miser he would have paid the caddie who helped get him back in the winner’s circle…..Kutcher has a habit of choking so the caddie must have helped a lot. Some of these born again types forget it is better to give than receive.

  20. Rmondo

    Nov 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Trash human being.
    Kuch lived up the imperialist/capitalist mentality. Lol and he still underpaid him!!

  21. Ryan

    Nov 12, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Really glad we keep writing about this. Kuchar was extorted so a local caddie could upgrade his house and buy a BMW. Total BS

    • doug

      Nov 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Damn that wetback,right Ryan. Can’t have a Latino gettin’ above his station,can we?

      Next thing ya know, he’s going to want to put in clean running water and safe electricity!

  22. Milton Taylor

    Nov 12, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I only recently heard about the additional part of the conversation. Recently as in just now when I read this story… There wasn’t a damn thing said about that before and the caddie did a hell of a lot of talking back then. Say what you want, but it was extortion. That’s coming from a person that said back then, just pay the man. I think people said a deals a deals, so much that somehow someway, the extra conversation was added to make the golfer look less honest.

  23. Tom E Missler

    Nov 12, 2019 at 11:48 am

    some how we should pretend that kuchar’s behavior was above board?
    cheap is a horrible condition. no big smile covers that up.

  24. William Davis

    Nov 12, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Enough already.

  25. steve

    Nov 12, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Christ, how about we let the story die. One, if not both sides, of the story are not telling the truth. We will never know. Speculation is nothing more than A total waste of time.

  26. I know dbags

    Nov 12, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Kduooooooche, Kduooooooche, Kduoooooooche, Kduoooooooche…what a dbag.

  27. undue

    Nov 12, 2019 at 10:52 am

    meetthe real Matt Kuchar. I guess that’s why Sketchers endorses him. Kuchar is “sketchy”

  28. tim

    Nov 12, 2019 at 10:32 am

    After the 18:1 exchange rate $50k becomes $900,000. The original $5k was $90,000. The caddie pushing for more money so he could afford a new cell phone and bathroom is b.s.

    That said Kuchar should have paid the caddie the full 10% ($130k) and thanked him for the help.

    • TomAce

      Nov 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Do you understand that 900k peso is still $50k of buying power?

      • JK

        Nov 12, 2019 at 1:15 pm

        Obviously he doesn’t understand basic economics

  29. Billable Hour

    Nov 12, 2019 at 9:46 am

    It was extortion

    • Tyler Durden

      Nov 12, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Guess you missed that part where caddie and golfer later agreed to ten percent. Sounds like Kutcher stiffed the caddie. Sounds like a certain leader of the free world.

      • Billable Hour

        Nov 12, 2019 at 11:38 am

        Only one side acknowledged the 10%

      • Tyrese Johnston

        Nov 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

        agreed? the social-justice mob got involved when their aired it out publicly. you honestly think some scrub caddie helped one of the bet golfers in the world, or was it a case of him simply taking a paycheck to carry a bag? check the tapes – at any point in the broadcast, did you see the caddie game-planning with Such about any of his shots? taking emotion out of this, it seems like the caddie wasn’t happy with the deal he made, so they extorted him for $50k. do us a favor and check in with the guy in 6 more months to see if he blew threw the $50k, or actually invested it in his “kitchen”.

        • JK

          Nov 12, 2019 at 1:17 pm

          LI hat admitted he helped him read the greens and had a bunch of local knowledge that helped him win. Read up before you make a fool of yourself

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