GOLF NEWS - Matt Kuchar might have been able to shrug off withering social media criticism after paying less than the going rate to his stand-in caddie, but disappointing his grandmother was a whole different matter.
Kuchar's reputation as one of pro golf's nice guys took a big hit earlier this year when word leaked out that he had paid David Ortiz $5000 from prize money of almost $1.3 million upon winning the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last November.
Three months later Kuchar upped the payment to Ortiz to $50 000, but only after being pilloried on social media for his perceived stinginess.
Fulltime tour bagmen usually receive 10% of a winner's prize money. Ortiz, a caddie at the course where the event was held, stepped in because Kuchar's regular had been unavailable that week.
"I don't do the social media, so I think that helped to not see much (of the criticism)," the American told reporters on Wednesday on the eve of the Scottish Open in North Berwick.