Professional golf player Matt Kuchar announced today that he had learned of the decision to strengthen his basket at a tournament in Mexico City in November, no doubt because of the copious diet he had been taking for months. Kuchar apologized and said to be installed with Cadet David Ortiz:
Kuchar competed at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in the fall "on a whim" and so hired a local caddy when her usual replacement was unavailable. Players generally receive a 10% reduction in a golfer's winnings at a tournament, which in Ortiz's case would have meant $ 130,000 from the $ 130,000 Kuchar Stock Exchange. $. Ortiz was instead paid $ 5,000. Ortiz, after learning later that his cut represented only a tiny fraction of what Kuchar would normally pay to a cadet after a win of this size, wrote Kuchar a letter asking for $ 50,000. Kuchar declined the invitation and dismissed the controversy by pointing out that Ortiz did not earn much of a living. So he should be happy with five thousand dollars:
"For a guy who earns $ 200 a day, a week of $ 5,000 is a very big week," he said.
"I'm trying to see the bright side of things," Kuchar said. "I hope he's happy, I hope things are going really well in his life." I must think that if we gave him the same opportunity to do it again, he would say, "Yes." He has a beautiful personality. It's easy to be with. The picture of the two of us with the trophy will always be hanging on the wall of my desk. "
Kuchar was right about the payment and that gluey explanation from current and former golfers, golfers and commentators. It was enough for everyone to be angry with him for changing their minds.