- Matt Fitzpatrick’s caddy, Billy Foster, kissed the 18th flag after Fitzpatrick won the US Open.
- Foster has been a caddy for 40 years, but was never looking for a big win until Sunday.
- Caddies traditionally keep the 18th flag after a win, and it’s clear the moment meant a ton for Foster.
Matt Fitzpatrick won the US Open on Sunday, beating Will Zalatoris on the final hole of the tournament to secure the first major win of his young career.
It’s possible that no one was more excited about Fitzpatrick’s win than his caddy Billy Foster, who collapsed with emotion when Zalatoris missed his final birdie attempt to make Fitzpatrick’s win official.
While Fitzpatrick reacted rather subdued to Zalatoris’ miss, Foster couldn’t help but cover his face and look down. Fitzpatrick, once the good teammate, put an arm around Foster.
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A caddy for nearly 40 years, Foster has carried the bag for some of the biggest names in golf, including Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood. But in his 40 years in professional golf, Foster had never won a major.
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Fitzpatrick was happy to be the one who finally gave Foster a big win.
“It means the world to Billy,” Fitzpatrick said after his round. “I can’t tell you how much it means to Billy. It is unbelievable. I know it’s something he’s wanted for a long time. To do it today is unbelievable.’
After Fitzpatrick’s win, Foster claimed his prize and took the flag from the 18th green with a kiss of gratitude.
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It is tradition for caddies to keep the 18th flag of their player’s victories. For those close to the game, it’s a big deal – one of the reasons behind the split between Phil Mickelson and his longtime caddy Jim “Bones” Mackay was tension built by Mickelson who broke tradition and raised the 18th flag. of his victories.
On Sunday, Foster finally got a flag of a big win.
When the emotions of the moment had subsided a bit, Foster was able to laugh at the scene on the 18th green.
“Well, normally people have monkeys on their backs,” Foster told ESPN’s Michael Collins after the round. “But I had a gorilla on my back.”
Foster didn’t pass up the opportunity to get a light shot at his player.
“Complete relief. After all these years, to finally kick one over the line. And [Fitzpatrick’s] normally a great putter, and he missed quite a few short ones. I’m like, you little bastard.”
“Tonight, and next week, I think I’ll have a liver like a football,” concluded Foster.
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Congratulations to Fitzpatrick and Foster on their win.