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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

Comments

Comment by Rick Dutton:

If Kuchar had not won, but finished would the caddy expect to be paid more? Then why at the time he agreed via a verbal contract should be feel cheated. Kuchar actually paid up for the win. Guess the caddy might want to develop a “Caddy Contract” that wou

Comment by Jim Peplow:

Kuchar was in the right. Read Matthew 20.1-16.  If you agree to work for a certain amount and are paid that amount, then the person you worked for has held up their end of the bargain. Unfortunately, Kuchar was a victim of all the PC stuff going around to

Comment by David Scheeler:

As the article noted “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,


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