However, in a bid to make things right, Kuchar issued a public apology on Friday for the statements he called "out of touch and insensitive" regarding Ortiz, and vowed to pay the full amount originally requested.
Matt Kuchar, by all accounts the nicest guy on the PGA Tour, found himself in one hell of a mess over the last few weeks when news surfaced that he'd only paid David Ortiz, his fill-in caddy, a fraction of the usual fee after a victory at the Mayakoba Classic in November.
"I kind of think someone got in his ear", Kuchar told GOLF.com on Wednesday.
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 let myself, my family, my partners and those close to me down, but I also let David down".
Kuchar, who ended a four-year victory drought at the Mayakoba Classic, said he and Ortiz agreed to a $3,000 USA payout for that week with a potential bonus that could total $4,000 United States dollars. He eventually agreed to give caddie David Giral Oritz $50,000 after winning the Mayakoba Classic near Cancun in November and was remorseful for his previous actions.
The caddie of a winning golfer on the PGA Tour can expect to receive about 10% of his earnings.
In interviews earlier this week, Kuchar came across as dismissive of Ortiz's claim, but Saturday at Riviera Country Club he seemed chastened by the tsunami of criticism he has received.
"To crucify for one mistake feels wrong".
Kuchar's agent did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. That is not who I am, nor what I represent. "I really didn't think it was a story because we had an arrangement when I started", Kuchar told the outlet. "No thank you. I'm a little pissed, a little bit confused". "I've done enough tournaments and had enough weekly caddies, and I'm very clear about what the payment will be". That's where I struggle.
For my fans, as well as fans of the game, I want to apologize to you for not representing the values instilled in this incredible sport.
"Golf is a game where we call penalties on ourselves", Kuchar added. He then took out his green reading book and said, "Here, I'll show you" and began pointing to a tiny spot on the paper in front of him and then to even tinier arrows. I did not do a good job there, and I think in any situation, if you can just understand where somebody else is coming from, it makes the world a lot better of a place.