Matt Kuchar was back where the firestorm began, at the El Camaleon Golf Course, preparing to defend his title at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
But instead of questions about repeating, Kuchar had to answer for what took place when he won the tournament, and explain why he stiffed his fill-in caddie after snapping a four-year drought between titles.
Kuchar paid Giral Ortiz $5,000, a tiny portion of the $1.296 million prize. The winning caddie usually receives 10 percent of a first-place check. Ortiz, a caddie at the El Camaleon course who recently offered his side of the story to The Post’s Mark Cannizzaro, got nowhere near that amount.
“What happened post tournament with David is something I’m not proud of, made some headlines that certainly I’m definitely not proud of, but I’ve done my best to make amends, to make things right with David, to do things right by the community,” Kuchar told Golfweek on Tuesday.
The story became a national story. There was social media backlash, which Kuchar only incensed when he told Golf.com, “for a guy who makes $200 a day, a $5,000 week a really big week.”