Matt Kuchar denies rumour he paid stand-in caddie $3k for PGA Tour win

Kuchar denies he paid a local caddie $3,000 for winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November.

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Mon, 14 Jan 2019
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Matt Kuchar has strongly denied he paid a local stand-in caddie just $3,000 when he won the Mayakoba Golf Classic on the PGA Tour in November.


 

Kuchar, who clinched his second PGA Tour title in four starts with another victory at the Sony Open last night, was quick to deny the rumour of three months ago where he picked up a winning cheque for $1,296,000.

It is estimated that Tour professionals typically give their caddies 10% of a player's winnings. 

“That’s not a story,” said Kuchar, who hired a local caddie in David Giral Ortiz in Mexico as his normal caddie John Wood was unavailable that week. “It’s wasn’t 10%. It wasn’t $3,000. It’s not a story.”

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Former PGA Tour player Tom Gillis tweeted on Friday night: “If Kuchar wins this weekend (at the Sony Open) let's hope he pays his man more than ($3,000) like the last win. ($45 million) in (career) earnings. Could've changed the man’s life.”

The tweet quickly circulated. Several Tour pros (mostly former) chimed in on the rumor while Gillis continued to discuss the matter on Twitter.