US Open champ's beautiful act with caddie sends golf world into frenzy

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Matthew Fitzpatrick and Billy Foster (pictured left) embrace after Fitzpatrick wins the US Open and (pictured right) Billy Foster with the flag.
The golf world reacted to caddie Billy Foster's reaction (pictured right) after Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick (pictured left with Foster) won a thrilling US Open major. (Images: Getty Images/Sky Sports)

The golf world has reacted to US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick and his caddie's beautiful moment after Billy Foster finally got his hand on a major trophy after more than 30 years in the sport.

Foster is one of golf's great characters and is loved within the sport after caddying greats such as Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and even a short stint with Tiger Woods.

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However, after more than three decades as a pro caddie, he had never accompanied any of the greats to a major win.

This all changed when Englishman Fitzpatrick won his maiden US Open, and first PGA title, just one stroke ahead of Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler.

In an absolutely thrilling finish, Fitzpatrick delivered a clutch shot that reached the green from the bunker and two-putted from 18 feet to seal the biggest win of his career.

However, Zalatoris came insanely close to sending the US Open into a two-hole playoff after his 14-foot putt sat right next to the hole.

And after watching the epic putt fall short, cameras showed Fitzpatrick and Foster next to each other.

But, it was the caddie that immediately broke down in tears as Fitzpatrick embraced Foster in what has been described as a beautiful moment.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (pictured right) smiles and embraces his caddie Billy Foster (pictured left) after winning the US Open.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (pictured right) embraces his caddie Billy Foster (pictured left) after they realise Fitzpatrick had won on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2022 USOpen at The Country Club. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

After Fitzpatrick was applauded for his tremendous achievement, Foster took a moment to acknowledge his own slice of history.

Foster walked over to the 18th hole US Open flag and gave it a kiss before packing it away.

The sport world was quick to highlight the beautiful moment as plaudits flooded in for Foster and his achievement.

Fitzpatrick was also praised for his humility.

His reaction to quickly embrace his caddie rather than celebrate himself was described as 'iconic'.

Matt Fitzpatrick wins US Open

Fitzpatrick won the year's third major in remarkable scenes.

The 27-year-old arrived at the final hole one shot clear of Zalatoris and Masters champion Scheffler, who was already in the clubhouse at five under, but sent his tee shot into a fairway bunker to set up a nervy finish.

From there, Fitzpatrick delivered a clutch shot that reached the green and two-putted from 18 feet to seal the biggest win of his career.

It marked the second time Fitzpatrick had tasted success at the challenging venue outside Boston where he also won the 2013 US Amateur that kick-started his career.

Zalatoris, the PGA Tour's reigning rookie of the year, sent his birdie chance at the last just past the left side of the cup to finish runner-up at a major for the third time after falling short at the 2021 Masters and last month's PGA Championship.

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