This just comes from the best-later-than-ever department: Matt Kuchar has come to his senses and promised to pay to the caddy that he had stiffened three months ago in Mexico the fair salary he deserved at the beginning.
The question Kuchar now has is whether the damage to his perfectly clean image as a good PGA Tour player is repairable or if it will tarnish it forever.
Kuchar should regain his senses and fire his agent, Mark Steinberg, for malpractice, because if Kuchar should certainly be held responsible for his actions, it was up to Steinberg to save him from himself.
Friday, Kuchar, embarrassed and embarrassed, while he was playing at the Riviera Country Club's Genesis Open after being publicly revolted after publicly paying his younger brother David Giral Ortiz a check for nearly $ 5,000 to the 1.3 November million, issued a sincere and contrite statement that was published during his tour.
"It's not what I am and what I want to represent," said Kuchar. "All my career in the tour, I tried to show respect and positivity. In this situation, I have not lived up to these values and the expectations I have set for myself. "
Kuchar, in an interview earlier in the week, told Golf.com: "I certainly do not sleep for that," adding that Ortiz "winning $ 5,000 is a great week" for him.
"This week, I made insensitive and insensitive comments, thus aggravating a bad situation," Kuchar said in his statement. "They made me believe that I was marginalizing David Ortiz and his financial situation, which was not my intention. I read them again and I collapsed.
In private, Kuchar must surely crack for the mediocre work that Steinberg did for him.
Kuchar said he planned to call Ortiz on Friday night and was "assured that he had received the total amount he had requested."
In a recent interview with Golf.com, Ortiz estimated he deserved $ 50,000 for his job, $ 79,000 less than Kuchar's regular cadet John Wood would have received only 10% of the winners of the PGA Tour winners.
Kuchar also announced his intention to donate to the Mayakoba tournament to distribute to various philanthropic causes in local communities.
"For my fans, as well as the fans of the game, I want to apologize for not representing the values instilled in this incredible sport," he wrote. "Golf is a game where we call penalties. I should have done it a long time ago and not let this situation get worse. "
Kuchar, who shot 68 points in his first round at Genesis and was dominated by 13 holes in his second lap before the game was suspended for the day, was heckled by several spectators on Friday. Kuchar, who is usually surrounded by fans shouting respectfully "Kooch", heard shouts of "Mooch" during his tour.
A fan shouted, "Go low, Kooch, go low! Just not on the tip! "
With his actions on Friday, Kuchar hoped to stem the waves of negativity that enveloped him. The question is whether this is a case of too little, too late.