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March 7, 2019, Tiger gets the well deserved Arnie, Jack treatment

Tiger gets the well deserved Arnie, Jack treatment

      The annual PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club that is now run by Tiger Woods’ foundation will get a big upgrade beginning in 2020, putting in the same status as tournaments associated with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The Genesis Open will receive “elevated status,’’ which means it will have a significantly higher purse, offer a three-year PGA Tour exemption to the winner (up from two years), with an invitational field that will be reduced to 120 players.
       The Arnold Palmer Invitational, which the late golf legend founded in 1979 at this Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida, and the Memorial Tournament, which Nicklaus began in 1976 at his a course he designed near his Columbus, Ohio, home, are events that operate in a similar fashion. Both have 120-player invitational fields with purses higher than a regular PGA Tour stop.
       As PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said, it is a great way to honor Woods – an 80-time PGA Tour winner – as well as celebrate his philanthropic efforts. 

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March 7, 2019, Matt Kuchar, cheap-gate caddie mess

The cheap-gate caddie mess…

In November, Kucha won the Mayakoba Classic near Cancun, his first victory on the PGA Tour in four years. Kuchar hired a local caddie, David Ortiz, 40, who regularly works at the resort and makes up to $200 a day. Kuchar and Ortiz struck a deal in which the caddie would be paid $1,000 if the golfer missed the cut, $2,000 for making the cut, $3,000 for a top-20 finish and $4,000 for a top-10. There was no provision for a victory, and afterward, Kuchar paid Ortiz $5,000 in cash.

Kuchar won $1,296,000. A regular, full-time caddie with a standard deal would expect to be paid 10 percent, or $129,000

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March 7, 2019, Matt Kuchar, cheap-gate caddie mess, and the beat goes on

The cheap-gate caddie mess continued…

Most are in agreement that Ortiz did not deserve that much, as he does not travel the circuit full time. But as Kuchar – who has over $47-million in career earnings—was on his way to another victory last month at the Sony Open, word began to circulate that Ortiz was unhappy with the payment. Social media started to run with it and earlier Golf.com spoke with Ortiz, who through a translator, said he had been offered an extra $15,000 but turned it down, believing he was entitled to a total of $50,000. 

Kuchar announced he paid the requested $50,000 saying, "In 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. It’s as simple as that.’’

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