The 13 biggest controversies in golf in 2019

Matt Kuchar 190213 093421 4Ef9F3D60E48F60Baa5813F356Ceb776

Kuch and caddie cash clash

Matt Kuchar started the year with an irreproachable reputation for being one of golf's nicest, most harmless guys. Amazing what a difference a few years can make. It all started in January when it turned out he had paid local caddie David 'El Tucan' Ortiz just $5,000 of his $1,296,000 cheque for winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico the previous October, his first PGA tournament victory in four years. After initially defending his tight-fistedness - "making $5,000 is a great week” - he subsequently backed down and paid Ortiz $50,000. By then, though, the damage had been done. And it was only going to get worse...

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