Apparently the saga of Matt Kuchar‘s replace caddie on the Mayakoba Golfing Vintage, an area looper nicknamed El Tucan who helped information Kuchar to his first PGA Excursion win in additional than 4 years, didn’t have a cheerful finishing.
The Mexican caddie, whose actual identify is David Giral Ortiz, made his first feedback in regards to the hotly debated factor of the way he was once compensated to Golfing Mag’s Michael Bamberger. Ortiz showed a broadly circulated rumor he had handiest gained $5,000 following Kuchar’s win in November—and that he wasn’t happy.
“I’m a humble guy, who looks after his circle of relatives, and works laborious. I’m attaining out to you to look if you’ll facilitate me receiving an even quantity for my assist with Matt successful $1,296,000,” Ortiz wrote in an electronic mail got by way of Bamberger to Kuchar’s agent, Mark Steinberg. “It’s not that i am taking a look to disparage Matt or give him a nasty identify. Truthful is honest, and I believe like I used to be taken good thing about by way of putting my accept as true with in Matt.”
Ortiz additionally shared the only reaction he is gained from Steinberg, which learn, ““I’m in another country. What Matt has presented is honest.”
Ortiz, who’s a full-time membership caddie, informed Bamberger he had was hoping to make up to $130,000, or the standard 10 % a excursion caddie makes if his participant wins. On the other hand, he felt $50,000 would had been honest repayment. It is a determine he is been searching for from Kuchar since, and even though he was once presented an extra $15,000 for a complete of $20,000, Ortiz declined.
Ortiz mentioned he and Kuchar had an settlement for $3,000 plus an unspecified quantity of the participant’s winnings. He was once dissatisfied when he counted $5,000 within the envelope Kuchar passed him that Sunday night time.
What have been a feel-good tale took a flip when PGA Excursion professional Tom Gillis started tweeting in January about Ortiz handiest getting paid $3,000. Kuchar was once requested about it at that week’s Sony Open, which he wound up successful together with his common caddie, John Wooden, at the bag. “That’s no longer a tale,” mentioned Kuchar, who was once very complimentary of Ortiz following the win at Mayakoba. “It wasn’t 10 %. It wasn’t $3,000.”
Seems, it was once so much nearer to the latter.
At the shiny aspect, Ortiz says he’s getting extra caddie gigs on the Mayakoba lodge since including a PGA Excursion win to his résumé. However regardless of most commonly nice recollections running for Kuchar, who’s on this box at this week’s Genesis Open, he has modified his thoughts about doing it once more if the chance arises at subsequent yr’s match.
“Matt is a superb particular person and a super participant,” Ortiz mentioned. “He handled me really well. I’m handiest dissatisfied by way of the way it all completed.”