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Kuchar could take a lesson from Spike Lee
I always enjoyed watching Matt Kuchar play golf. He seemed like a good guy. So, it comes as some surprise that he actually is a jerk. And a major jerk, at that (“In the news,” Feb. 13).

How can he make $46 million on the course, probably a similar amount in off-course income, have a net worth estimated at $25 million, live in a mansion and then stiff his caddie? Yes, $5,000 is stiffing the caddie when Kuchar picked up another cool $1.296 million. The standard fee would have been 10 percent, or nearly $130,000.

OK, so David Ortiz probably wasn't as much help as Kuchar’s regular PGA Tour caddie, but how about 5 percent? I guess he was lucky not to get the standard caddie fee at Mayakoba Resort and a bottle of Coke. After all, he was just some poor Mexican looper.

Come on, Kuchar. Admit that you made a mistake. At this point, he needs to cough up the full 10 percent.

The amount we're talking about is a life-changing event for Ortiz and his family and really, when it comes right down to it, chump change for Kuchar. Think about that. Kuchar had a chance to change someone's life in a profound way and blew it. Now, his public image is taking a beating.

I rate this incident lower than Sergio Garcia’s scuffing up a few greens in Saudi Arabia.

Take some advice from two well-known Americans:

Spike Lee: “Do the right thing.”

Raymond Floyd: “There is no such thing as too big of a tip.”

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.

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