Who Is Matt Fitzpatrick's Caddie?

Billy Foster is one of the most recognised caddies in the game. Here, we get to know him a little bit better

Matt Fitzpatrick and Billy Foster discuss a shot at the PGA Championship
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Who Is Matt Fitzpatrick's Caddie?

Since 2012, Matt Fitzpatrick has been enjoying a lot of success, with the Englishman claiming a number of notable amateur and professional wins worldwide, including two DP World Tour Championships and two Omega European Masters.

One reason for his recent success is his caddie, Billy Foster, who took up the Englishman's bag in 2018 after he split with Lee Westwood (opens in new tab). Previously, Foster and Westwood had worked together for 10 years, but both parties recognised they had gone as far as they could go.

Lee Westwood and Billy Foster share a joke at the 2017 BMW PGA Championship

Westwood and Foster smile on the 18th green during day three of the 2017 BMW PGA Championship

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Since taking on the bag for Fitzpatrick, the duo have claimed some big results, with Foster on the bag for two of the Englishman's wins - 2020 DP World Tour Championship and 2021 Andalucía Masters.

As well as the wins, Fitzpatrick has put in some fantastic results on the lucrative PGA Tour, with multiple top 10 finishes catapulting the Englishman to just outside the world's top 10.

There's no denying that Foster's influence has been a big factor in Fitzpatrick's success. This was shown at the 2022 PGA Championship when, in tough conditions, the Englishman grinded out a two-under-par round of 68. Following the round, Fitzpatrick stated that patience was the key, something that Foster has helped him with.

"I think that's the one thing that I've learnt more and more certainly over the last few years, particularly with Billy on the bag as well, is just to stay patient and the birdies will come, basically," explained Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick and Foster celebrate their win at the 2020 DP World Tour Championship

Fitzpatrick celebrates his DP World Tour Championship win alongside Foster 

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At the beginning of his career, Foster began caddying for South African, Hugh Baiocchi, before getting his first Ryder Cup experience with Gordon Brand Junior.

Now, he is one of the most recognised caddies in the world, having been on the bag for the likes of Westwood, Seve Ballasteros, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and even Tiger Woods.

It's clear to see that Fitzpatrick and Foster have a close working relationship, with the English pair involved in a number of funny on-course moments. At the 2019 Scandinavian Invitational, Fitzpatrick asked his caddie for an opinion on a shot that was in a bush. In typical straight talking style, Foster initially joked that they should "flip a coin" to decide the outcome, before stating: "Everyone watching at home will say you're cheating. Get on with it!"

Another funny moment came at the 2022 Masters when, playing the par 5 13th, Fitzpatrick was unsure on the yardage given by his bagman. Stepping away from the ball, Fitzpatrick questioned the chat, which forced the straight talking caddie to say: "We've both thought about it and decided it's the right play so get on with it." (opens in new tab) The quip resulted in the player to ask: "Oh sorry, are you in a rush?" To which Foster responded: "No, there's no rush."

Lee Westwood 2002 Ryder Cup

Foster and Tiger during the 2005 Presidents Cup

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Having been a caddie for many, many years, Foster also has lots of stories and he is equally talented in telling them as some of the videos below illustrate...

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Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

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