Matt Kuchar defends low pay to caddie after he won $1.2M in November tournament


Matt Kuchar is known as being one of the nicest guys on the PGA Tour. He’s always quick with a smile when fans yell, “Koooooooooooooch” seemingly every weekend on the PGA Tour and he never seems to be even close to being rattled.

But apparently he’s also one of the cheapest guys on Tour because after a win last November at Mayakoba Classic, in which he earned more than $1.2 million for, he paid his caddie just $5,000.

His caddie, David “El Tucan” Ortiz, was a stand-in that week for Kuchar’s regular caddie. So you think Kuchar might want to give him even more for stepping in and helping pick up his first win in more than four years.

Instead he gave him $5,000 and walked away feeling like he had done the right thing.

Kuchar had a chance to correct things when asked about it Wednesday before this week’s Genesis Open but instead he doubled down on it by saying, “Making $5,000 is a good week.”