Now, one year later, the New York Post’s Mark Cannizzaro caught up with Tucan to see how he’s fared in the controversy’s aftermath, and as it turns out, the additional payment from Kuchar was massively helpful to Tucan.
“Fifty thousand dollars, for me, is big,’’ Ortiz told the Post. “It’s everything to me and not too much to [Kuchar]. The $50,000 I needed for my business and to fix my kitchen and bathroom at home and to buy a new cell phone.’’
Tucan also bought a used BMW.
“Kuchar is a good person,’’ Ortiz continued. “I’m not angry. Everything is good. Not paying was not good. But I have no anger.’’
According to the Post’s story, Tucan toyed with the idea of using some of his windfall to open a laundromat (the name “Kuchar Laundry” was allegedly considered), but worried his newfound celebrity might cause him to be subjected to inflated labor prices, so the plans never came to fruition.
But regardless of his side business prospects, Tucan has continued to ply his trade a job he loves and where he continues to be in high demand.
“Even if he wouldn’t have gotten that money, he still would have been perfect, because all of that fame he got and now everybody is looking for him,’’ El Camaleon director of golf David Lopez told the Post. “People come here to play and they say, ‘Send me El Tucan.’ He’s gotten a big advantage out of the whole situation. It’s crazy how big it got.’’
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