In the wake of defending his $5,000 payment to a caddie after winning almost $1.3 million following a tournament win last fall in Mexico City, the 40-year-old Kuchar has backtracked.
Kuchar has been widely criticised for paying Ortiz just $5,000 for a week's work on his bag after he collected his first PGA Tour win in four-and-a-half years at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, for which he earned $1,296,000.
"I kind of think someone got in his ear", Kuchar told Golf.com. When it was put to him that his regular caddie, John Wood - who was taking a break that week - would have received £101,000 as the stock caddie bonus, Kuchar replied: 'I'm not losing any sleep over this, it's something that I'm quite happy with, making £4,000 is a great week'. "I read them again and cringed".
"That is not who I am and not what I want to represent.in this situation, I have not lived up to those values or to the expectations I've set for myself".
Ortiz was to get $3,000 for the week, which would increase to $4,000 if Kuchar got his first PGA Tour win in almost five years. "I never wanted to bring any negativity to the Mayakoba Golf Classic", Kuchar said. "And we had an arrangement Tuesday that David was OK with, and I thought Sunday he was very much OK with it".
"Golf is a game where we call penalties on ourselves", Kuchar added. "I don't know the best way to answer that", he said.
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Regarded as one of the Tour's "nice guys", Kuchar said the incident should not spoil his relationship with the fans. Kuchar confirmed he paid Ortiz $5,000 Dollars, as well as offering him an extra $15,000 USD - which Ortiz turned down.
In the golf.com interview, Kuchar suggest that someone persuaded Ortiz to ask for more. "In any situation, if you can understand where somebody else is coming from it makes the whole world a whole lot better place, and I missed that one".
Weighing in on the controversy, six-times major victor Nick Faldo said Kuchar should have been more generous from the outset.
Kuchar's agent did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. He now leads the season-long points race, having also won the Sony Open in January with his normal caddie, John Wood, on the bag.
The caddie of a winning golfer on the PGA Tour can expect to receive about 10% of his earnings.
"I am making a donation back to the event, to be distributed to the many philanthropic causes working to positively impact the communities of Playa del Carmen and Cancun".