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‘I let out a loud roar’: Caddie Billy Foster admits he got carried away after Matt Fitzpatrick’s monster putt at 2022 U.S. Open

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Conversations with Champions Presented by Sentry is a weekly series from golf week in collaboration with Network Caddywhere we take you backstage for a chat with the winner of the latest PGA Tour. This week: Billy Foster, Matt Fitzpatrick’s caddy at the 2022 US Open at The Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts.

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Billy Foster has been a caddy for 40 years and has worked with the likes of Siv Ballesteros, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clark and Lee Westwood. Along the way, he scored 45 victories, but never won a major one.

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But at the 2022 US Open, it was 27-year-old Matt Fitzpatrick who finally led the 59-year-old Foster to the winners’ circle in one of the major golf championships.

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After many close decisions over the years, Sunday’s final round began to look like another very close Major for Foster. That is, until Fitzpatrick blew a long putt on the 13th hole, which redistributed the stars.

“He missed a four-foot shot on 10 because of the bogey and then he hit three 11s from 15-18 feet, about a five-foot shot, and he missed. And I just thought, “Here we go again. It won’t happen again,” Foster told John Rathose of Network Caddy.

“And then he rolled into a 50-foot or 60-foot or whatever on the 13th, and I even got really carried away, which I never do. I never get carried away, but I let out a big roar and it brought him back into the tournament. Yes, it was a powerful blow, just at the right time.”

Fitzpatrick worked hard to make his game worthy of the world title. He increased the length of the target and kept his short game in order. Foster said there are also psychological hurdles to overcome.

“You have to learn how to lose in order to win. I think it was a big learning curve for him,” Foster said. “I always thought coming to the US Open if he was going to win a major it would be there with his best chances, with how straight he is and how he has gained 25 yards in the last 18 months, I don’t think so. I know what’s going on, but he’s turning into a beast. We played with the dj [Dustin Johnson] the first two days and he was bombing a couple past the DJ for 30-40 yards and I was like, “Oh my God, he’s getting attention.”

“But yes, his all-round game, his chipping has improved a lot. … Sev [Ballesteros] I would be spinning in my grave watching. I think he’s in the top 20 in every statistic on the tour, so he’s a very consistent player.”



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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