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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.
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.
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'.
Matthew Fitzpatrick the player turning to, reacting for, and embracing Billy Foster the caddie is one of the most unique and iconic scenes in sport. Congrats to BF for getting over the hump. None of us will ever see a scene quite like that again. Speaks volumes about both parties
— Larken Kemp (@LKemp42) June 20, 2022
Impossible not to get a little eyeball sweat seeing Billy Foster’s reaction and Fitzpatrick looking on, soaking that in. Golf is awesome. pic.twitter.com/4DMrm5IN3L
— Mark Harris (@itismarkharris) June 19, 2022
So happy for Fitzy and his family…And Billy Foster. What a legend of the game. He deserved this one. Enjoy the celebrations lads 💪🏻
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) June 19, 2022
This is a beautiful moment. pic.twitter.com/FgtApy0w4x
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2022
Billy Foster has been a top-tier caddie for 30+ years. Carried the bags of Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood. Today he won his first major championship. What a moment on 18: pic.twitter.com/ECENTyzM7l
— Dylan Dethier (@dylan_dethier) June 19, 2022
Not only am I thrilled for Matt Fitz, but also for Billy Foster. Legendary caddie. Finally got his major. Congrats, Matt and Billy! You both deserve it ❤️
— Amanda Rose (@AmandaGolf59) June 19, 2022
Couldn’t be happier for Billy Foster. Been on the bag and in contention for a lot of majors with the likes of Seve, Lee Westwood, even Tiger for a stint. Finally gets his first major flag. pic.twitter.com/FDCEx6iGMh
— Chase Howell (@chasehowell__) June 19, 2022
Absolutely delighted for Matt Fitzpatrick, he will have more major wins, but this moment is 40 years in the making. He’s finally got one!! Well done Billy Foster. Caddied for some of the best and he’s got one with a little bloke from Sheffield. Thoroughly deserved! 😍🥳🏆 pic.twitter.com/K0K9B2A9qJ
— Chris Mole Golf 🦁 (@ChrisMoleGolf) June 19, 2022
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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