Matt Kuchar's reputation as a soft and immaculate professional golfer is gone. The veteran of the 40-year-old PGA Tour professional tour is now known for its absolute rigidity, an unexpected controversy that has become one of the greatest golfing stories of the beginning of the year. The rumor about the offensive and disrespectful work surfaced in mid-January on Twitter, as does this stuff now. But the amount, which is so low that it deserves the information, was only justified this week, when the younger and Kuchar confirmed the transaction of a tournament of the end of 2018 in Mexico.
With the story now backed up, let's look at the background, the calendar and what each party said this week. Then we will draw the general and overwhelming conclusion of how it was mismanaged and what it does for Kuchar's previously clear image.
A little background
Last November, Matt Kuchar won the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico. While Kuchar has always figured prominently in the world rankings and finishing regularly, it's his first win in four and a half years on the PGA Tour.
The winner's reward for the Mayakoba Classic was $ 1,296,000. This win brings Kuchar's earnings during his career to $ 47,089,107. He has earned much more than that in endorsement contracts. He is one of the top 10 players on the PGA Tour's career silver leader list. This career ranking is due in large part to the aforementioned consistency of high finishes at the time of Tiger Woods' silver bath, when the PGA Tour is everywhere, even at lower-tier events in November like the Mayakoba Classic , sharply.
Kuchar's regular cadet, John Wood, did not make the trip to Mexico. Kuchar added the tournament to his late schedule and Wood had already responded to another requirement.
Kuchar recruited local junior David Giral Ortiz, also known as El Tucan during Mayakoba. El Tucan, a junior at the full-time resort, said he was earning about $ 200 a day. After the victory, Kuchar called El Tucan a lucky charm and said, "He did exactly what I hoped for and I was looking for."
It is not uncommon for a player to take a local shopping cart if his or her regular shopping cart is not available or if it is not sufficiently set with a regular shopping cart. An old policy for major leagues forced players to bring local shopping carts, not their usual traveler bagman. But the use of local shopping carts, even at lower-level events of the PGA tour, is now rare.
There is no fixed rate for cadets on the PGA Tour. Each player and cadet arrive at an arrangement, often with handshake agreements. Some players cover cadet expenses, others do not. Some pay 8% of the prize money and 10% if the player wins the totality. Some go with a variation of the 5-7-10 frame: 5% of the gains generated by a cut made, 7% for a top 10 and 10% of a win. But there is no established rule and it is rarely discussed in public.
At the time of the win, neither Kuchar nor El Tucan, who made a splash during the week, revealed what the local caddy had drawn from the victory. It would not be shocking for a local cadet to earn a lower percentage than a regular traveler caddy who does it weekly with his pro.
10% of the winnings of the Kuchar winner in Mayakoba would be $ 129,600. El Tucan did not understand that. He did not approach that.
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In January of this year, Tom Gillis, a companion of the Professional Tour, tweeted a rumor that some winners The player in the fall event series gave his junior only $ 3,000 after the win. With nearly every $ 1 million winner's check, $ 3,000 is a low sum that catches the eye for a winning caddy. A day after Gillis tweet, Kuchar was named the winner of this fall's events and the rumor has taken off on Twitter.
[Narrator’s voice: It was, at this point, most definitely a story.] It was a legendary denial and denial of a rumor that quickly punched Kuchar's image as a harmless "good guy" on the PGA Tour. There is plenty of room between $ 3,000, which is 0.23% of the winner's check and 10%.
Gillis again tweeted in mid-January that he was now in direct contact with El Tucan and that the payment was $ 5,000, or up to 0.38% of the winner's check. A hotel guest who spoke with Tucan tweeted the same thing. There was no official confirmation and the story was appeased, but the damaged image had been inflicted on Kuchar, who was now forever associated with this epic.
El Tucan Speaks
"I'm not trying to denigrate Matt or give him a bad name. Fair is fair, and I have the impression of being put to use by placing my trust in Matt. "
El Tucan told Bamberger that he had since offered an additional $ 15,000, but he declined, saying, "They can keep their money." He was hoping for $ 50,000 and contacted Steinberg, also a Tiger Woods agent, on three different e-mail opportunities.
El Tucan told Bamberger that Kuchar had handed him an envelope Sunday night regarding the November victory, with bills ranging from $ 100 to $ 5, for a total of $ 5,000. Kuchar left the country and El Tucan, who lives in a "small cinderblock house" near the course, immediately felt that a bigger bonus would be paid.
The confirmation of the story on Tuesday prompted Kuchar to meet Wednesday at Riviera, the site of this week's Genesis Open on the PGA Tour.
In his own interview with Bamberger, Kuchar said that the agreement reached before the week was $ 1,000 for a missed cut, $ 2,000 for a cut made, $ 3,000 for a top 20 and 4 $ 10,000 for a top 10. The $ 1,000 was "extra" for a good week and raised the total to $ 5k.
Bamberger described Kuchar as "slightly embarrassed" by the latest offer of $ 15,000, claiming that it was all "the agency" and that Steinberg was trying to limit the damage.
Kuchar told Will Gray of the Golf Channel that the $ 5,000 was "more than we agreed" and that "people understood that he deserved something different from what we had agreed."
He also expressed no regret for the amount he paid, claiming that he did not fall asleep for it and that "it was not necessary" to buy the capacity of the people to be OK with you ". He also added that it was now more of a social media problem. that's all (it's more like a social media problem!) and said to Gray, "Win $ 5,000, it's a good week."
Kuchar with the check for his January victory at Sony Open.Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images
L & # 39; s impact
Kuchar looks like a bad person! He looks horrible! These quotes do not make it better! He should feel bad!
His fragile defense is that an "agreement is an agreement". This does not change the horrible objectivity, it seems to stiffen his caddy with 0.38% of the winner's prize. Nobody expected it to reach the usual 10%, but there is a reasonable number somewhere in the middle for a player with $ 48 million in winnings on the course. When you win, all you have to do is give the looper more money and in that case it could have changed a lot of life.
Instead, he has dug in an obscenely low cuff and the fact that he does not recognize it and that he is also somewhat disturbed by the brutal reaction is indicative of the kind of obtuse and isolated level on which he operates. His agent looks frowned upon the way he botched something that could have been so easily handled and eliminated now. It's a bad look for the sport and the PGA Tour. He has almost no advocates and this reaction is almost unanimous.
The image of a good, harmless guy has disappeared. So far, Kuchar's character trait as a top golfer is that he is "nice" and says things like "golly" when he hits a bad shot. Now? He is completely beaten by the press, social media and golf fans. A flood of unsubstantiated stories and rumors about his ways of doing political sting has begun, perhaps an unjust corollary but an expected consequence. The caddies will always look at him badly. Another player said it was "embarrassing". Fans of the tournaments will let him hear it until the end of his career. His initial response makes him look worse and does not clean him up. And now that all this is confirmed and broadcast in Los Angeles, where will he go next week to confront these fans? A world championship golf course in Mexico.