Veteran golf caddie Billy Foster will party for every week after Matt Fitzpatrick’s US Open victory grew to become the “shining jewel” of his prolonged profession, he says.
Leeds fan Foster and Sheffield United supporter Fitzpatrick put apart their footballing variations to kind an excellent crew at Brookline, the place Fitzpatrick added main championship glory to his 2013 US Novice victory.
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It was the 27-year-old’s maiden main title and likewise a primary for Foster after a 40-year profession which incorporates spells working for the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn.
“I’ve obviously had quite a few lovely days over the years with Seve and when Darren beat Tiger Woods to win the WGC Match Play,” Foster stated.
“I’ve had a lot of great days at the Ryder Cup, but this is obviously the shining jewel, 100 per cent.
“I’ve got to admit I didn’t think it was going to happen for me. My time is running out. I’ve probably only got another two or three years of caddying left in me.
“Getting down to your last few majors, are you ever going to win one? Probably not. I’m so happy. I’m so happy for him (Fitzpatrick) too.
“He said to me on the 18th green, ‘that’s the best I’ve ever played’. It’s as good as I’ve ever seen anyone play from tee to green.
“To hit 17 out of 18 greens (in regulation) on that course in a US Open under that pressure, it’s hard to top that. It was just brilliant.”
Foster was on Bjorn’s bag when the Dane squandered a three-shot lead with 4 to play within the 2003 British Open, and was working for Lee Westwood when he three-putted the 72nd gap to overlook out on a play-off six years later at Turnberry.
“I’ve been out here for 40 years and I’d seen a lot of my mates win majors,” Foster added. “I had gone so close over the years.
“Darren had his chances, Thomas at Sandwich, Westy (losing) to (Phil) Mickelson at the Masters and three-putting at Turnberry. There was a lot of heartbreak in there, a lot of scar tissue.
“Someone said I’ve got that monkey off my back. It felt more like a gorilla. I’ll enjoy it now and I’ll enjoy it all this week. It will be one long party and I’m going to have a liver like a space hopper.”
– with AAP