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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 317
COVE R KUCHAR’S CADDIE WOES It should have been hard to wipe the smile off Matt Kuchar’s face in early 2019. The popular American recorded his second PGA Tour victory of the wrap around 2018/19 season in Hawaii. But rumours surrounding how much he paid a fill in caddie took the shine of an otherwise impressive performance. After adding the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico to his schedule late, Kuchar hired local looper David ‘El Tucan’ Ortiz in place of regular man John Wood who was unavailable. When Kuchar won the event before heading to Australia for the Australian Open and World Cup of Golf, the local caddie angle was covered around the world. As Kuchar was contending in Honolulu, former Tour player Tom Gillis tweeted about an unnamed player underpaying a caddie in response to another caddie’s tweet. “Even better. Who’s gonna b the one to identify the player the paid his caddy 3k after winning a PGA tour event last fall???” Gillis’ tweet read. As time went on the player was revealed to be Kuchar, who chose not to become involved in a mudslinging match. “That’s not a story,” Kuchar told The Golf Channel. “It’s wasn’t 10 percent (the standard rate for Tour caddies). It wasn’t $3,000. It’s not a story.” Despite no confirmation from either party of the amount paid, and media personalities like Brandel Chamblee coming to his defence, Kuchar was dragged over the hot coals of social media. The response to potential continued good play by Kuchar in 2019 from the peanut gallery is worth keeping an eye on. Story
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