Matt Kuchar issues apology; will give caddie $50k payment

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar has apologised for paying Mayakoba Golf Classic caddie David Ortiz just $5,000 of his $1.296 million winnings from the event – and insists Ortiz will now receive the full amount requested of $50,000.

In a statement released through the PGA Tour last night, the American said he had let himself, his family and Ortiz down with his actions, and that he had also cringed when reading back comments he had made earlier this week for a Golf.com story.

He also said he has made a donation back to the event as a result of any negative PR it may have caused.

Get fully caught up on 'Caddie-gate'

• Jan 14: Kuch at centre of caddie storm

• Jan 17: Kuchar 'caddie accuser' resurfaces with new claim

• Feb 13: Ortiz speaks out - "I was taken advantage of"

• Feb 14: Kuchar defends $5,000 caddie payment

Here is Kuchar’s 243-word statement in full:

“This week, I made comments that were out of touch and insensitive, making a bad situation worse. They made it seem like I was marginalising David Ortiz and his financial situation, which was not my intention. I read them again and cringed. This is not who I am and not what I want to represent. 

“My entire tour career, I have tried to show respect and positivity. In this situation, I have not lived up to those values of to the expectations I’ve set for myself. I let myself, my family, my partners and those close to me down, but I also let David down. I plan to call David tonight, something that is long overdue, to apologise for the situation he has been put in, and I have made sure he has received the full total that he has requested.

• Pro makes 17 on par-4 in Web.com event

• Adam Scott blasts Rules of Golf changes

“I never wanted to bring any negativity to the Mayakoba Golf Classic. I feel it is my duty to represent the tournament well, so I am making a donation back to the event, to be distributed to the many philanthropic causes working to positively impact the communities of Playa del Carmen and Cancun.

“For my fans, as well as fans of the game, I want to apologise to you for not representing the values instilled in this incredible sport. Golf is a game where we call penalties on ourselves. I should have done that long ago and not let this situation escalate.”

Kuchar was subjected to a lot of heckling from the galleries during the opening rounds of the Genesis Open, which you can read more about here.

Could it have been that which triggered the remarkable climbdown from the American and made him realise just how poorly both he and his management team had dealt with the issue? It's surely likely to have played a part.

Kuchar is currently T34 at Riviera CC. He played 13 holes of his second round before the horn blew and play was suspended for the day at the weather-affected tournament.

Matt Kuchar :: Your thoughts

How do you feel about Kuch now this episode is over? Is it time to move on? Or will this story tarnish your opinion of the American going forward?

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
Motocaddy S1 & Pro-Series REVIEW & GIVEAWAY
Motocaddy
play button
MASTER YOUR SHORT GAME (Epic Mission EP 5)
Epic Mission
play button
REVIEWED! TAYLORMADE 2019 P790 IRONS!
TaylorMade
play button
FIRST REVIEW! TITLEIST T-SERIES IRONS!
Titleist
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Harrington eyes potential Ryder Cup spot for Hovland
McIlroy says new schedule has ‘been tough’
‘I grew up watching it on TV’ Horschel excited for European Tour debut
McIlroy and Woods to go head-to-head in skins event
PROMOTION Pros: Turn your old stock into cash!

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
REVIEW - Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
A more upright posture for more consistency
Watch
play button
Why you need to address the ball with a square clubface
Watch
play button
A flatter swing plane will help cure your slice
Watch
play button
Complete your backswing
Watch
See all videos right arrow