Fitzpatrick's brother Alex says "No" to LIV; Caddie Billy Foster celebrates

21-Jun-2022

The 122nd US Open Championship, The Country Club, Brookline, MA: 16-19 June 2022


Matt Fitzpatrick's brother Alex offered "more money than I could comprehend", by LIV Golf; says "No".  Caddie Billy Foster set to celebrate.

From Daily Mail UK:

'It is about the dream, not the money': Alex Fitzpatrick admits he is glad he turned down a huge offer to join the Saudi-backed LIV breakaway... after being talked out of it by new US Open champion brother Matt!

Alex Fitzpatrick has revealed he received a huge offer to join the Saudi-backed LIV Series — but is now so pleased he was talked out of it by his older brother Matt.

The 23-year-old, who played twice in the Walker Cup, turned pro earlier this month and got the offer of 'more money than I could comprehend' after a stellar amateur career. Now he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious sibling, the new US Open champion.  Read more

From Belfast Telegraph, by Phil Casey:

Veteran caddie Billy Foster will party for a week after Matt Fitzpatrick’s US Open victory became the “shining jewel” of his lengthy career.

Leeds fan Foster and Sheffield United supporter Fitzpatrick put aside their footballing differences to form a brilliant team at Brookline, where Fitzpatrick added major championship glory to his 2013 US Amateur victory.

It was the 27-year-old’s maiden major title and also a first for Foster after a 40-year career which includes spells working for the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn.  Read more

From Golf.com, by Dylan Dethier:

BROOKLINE, Mass. — As the U.S. Open celebration erupted behind him, Billy Foster wept. The 59-year-old Brit has been a professional caddie for the better part of four decades. He has caddied for top pros and legends of the game, including Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood. But he’d never been on the bag for a major championship. Until now.

Foster separated himself from the celebration. He walked toward the hole and grasped the red “USGA” flag with his right hand. He planted a firm kiss on the corner.

“Billy had been saying for a while, the time will come,” his boss, newly minted U.S. Open champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, said in his winner’s press conference.  Read more

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