After Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major, we take a look at how much winning caddie Billy Foster made at the US Open.
Matt Fitzpatrick has won the 2022 US Open at Brookline, the first major of his career. The Yorkshireman beat off competition during the final round from world number one Scottie Scheffler and American Will Zalatoris, posting a two-under 68 for a six-under total.
He joins Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win the US Amateur and the US Open on the same course and is the first non-American to win both titles.
“It’s what you grow up dreaming of,” said Fitzpatrick. “It’s something I’ve worked so hard for such a long time. I’ve got to give myself credit: I had so much patience.”
Total purse at 2022 US Open revealed
In the wake of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series tempting top pros away from the PGA Tour, the USGA announced that it was raising the prize money handed out at this year’s US Open.
The total prize money payout at The Country Club for the 2022 US Open is up to $17.5 million. At Torrey Pines last year it was $12.5 million.
US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick will earn $3.15 million for the victory. Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris tied for second place and both earned over $1.5 million.
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How much does the winning caddie make at the US open
After the Yorkshireman won his first major and pocketed a whopping $3.15 million, fans wanted to know how much the winning caddie at the US Open gets.
Billy Foster was the winning caddie at the US Open, and his cut of the prize money awarded to Fitzpatrick is a standard 10%.
With the Englishman netting $3.15 million in prize money, it means the winning caddie at the US Open is expected to take home $315,600. Foster’s share reportedly accounts for 26% of prize money available to caddies that made the cut over the weekend.
Who is Billy Foster?
Billy Foster previously caddied for Lee Westwood but split with him in 2018 after 10 years of working together. He has previously worked with Seve Ballasteros, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and even Tiger Woods.
However, it was after his split with Westwood that Foster took up the bag for Fitzpatrick and the two have worked together ever since.
Since working together, the duo have had huge success, winning the 2020 DP World Tour Championship and 2021 Andalucía Masters before the 2022 US Open.
Foster has had some close calls with major success in his years, particularly Lee Westwood’s narrow loss at the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry.
“I’ve probably had six or seven really close calls, a couple heartbreaking losses,” Foster said (via Golf Digest). “It was tough to stomach sometimes.”
He admits it’s a huge relief to finally win a major
However, he can now add a major championship to his resume and he admits that it feels like a massive relief.
“Just pure, utter relief,” Foster said. “I have the monkey off my back, but it feels more like a gorilla.”
“It means the world to Billy,” Fitzpatrick added. “I can’t tell you how much it means to Billy. It’s unbelievable. I know it’s something he’s wanted for a long, long, long time. To do it today is incredible.”
Speaking on how he’d celebrate Fitzpatrick’s victory he said: “I’ll start with a beer in the caddie shack. Followed by another 20.”
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