Matt Kuchar acknowledged earlier this week that he did pay his Mayakoba caddie $5000, and he defended the arrangement. Just two days later, after considerable backlash, he apologized and paid up.
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“I kind of feel like unfortunately some other people have got it in his head that he’s deserving something different than what we agreed upon. And it’s just too bad that it’s turned into a story, because it doesn’t need to be. We had a great week.” — Kuchar on Wednesday, discussing his arrangement with and $5000 payment to caddie David Ortiz
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“I ended up paying him $5,000 and I thought that was more than what we agreed upon. I kind of think, if he had the chance to do it over again, same exact deal, that he’d say yes again.” — Kuchar on Wednesday, discussing his arrangement with and $5000 payment to caddie David Ortiz
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“It’s done. Listen, I feel like I was fair and good. You can’t make everybody happy. You’re not going to buy people’s ability to be OK with you, and this seems to be a social media issue more than anything. I think it shouldn’t be, knowing that there was a complete, agreed-upon deal that not only did I meet but exceeded.” — Kuchar on Wednesday, discussing his arrangement with and $5000 payment to caddie David Ortiz
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“So I certainly don’t lose sleep over this. This is something that I’m quite happy with, and I was really happy for him to have a great week and make a good sum of money. Making $5,000 is a great week." — Kuchar on Wednesday, discussing his arrangement with and $5000 payment to caddie David Ortiz
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“This week, I made comments that were out of touch and insensitive, making a bad situation worse. They made it seem like I was marginalizing David Ortiz and his financial situation, which was not my intention. I read them again and cringed. That 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 or to the expectations I’ve set for myself.” — Kuchar on Friday in a statement apologizing for his statements from Wednesday
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“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 apologize for the situation he has been put in, and I have made sure he has received the full total that he has requested.” — Kuchar's statement continued
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“I was stubborn, hard-headed. In my mind, I had it as 'a deal is a deal,' but after I won the tournament, a deal wasn't a deal." — Kuchar following his second-round 72 at Riviera Country Club
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“I try to live my life in pretty simple terms. You treat people the way you want to be treated and then you put the shoe on the other foot. I missed the boat with this one. I did not put the shoe on the other foot. I did not do a good job there.” — Kuchar continued
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