US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick told his attitude was ‘A DISGRACE’ by his caddie

REVEALED: US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick said his attitude was ‘a disgrace’ from his caddy after an event earlier this year – which has propelled him into form that has saw him win his first major two months later.

  • Matt Fitzpatrick learned some home truths from caddy Billy Foster this year
  • It seems Foster’s words worked – Fitzpatrick won the US Open two months later
  • This week Fitzpatrick plays in England for the first time since winning the Major

Just two months before landing the first major of his career, Matt Fitzpatrick received a rocket ship from his caddie, the highly esteemed Billy Foster.

Fitzpatrick, 28 and widely regarded as one of the loveliest figures on the tour, edged out Scottie Scheffler and Will Zaloratis by a shot at the Country Club in Massachusetts in June to win the US Open.

But in April he got a wake-up call from Foster while he was at dinner with his parents after the RBC Heritage, where he missed the cut just a week after securing a respectable 14th place finish in the Masters.

Matt Fitzpatrick received sage advice from his caddy Billy Foster this year

Foster's advice to Fitzpatrick on his attitude came just two months before US Open glory

Foster’s advice to Fitzpatrick on his attitude came just two months before US Open glory

It was Fitzpatrick himself who lifted the lid on the discussion with Foster, telling Golf Digest about the phone call: “He wanted to have a word.” I had no idea what was going to happen.

“He basically told me that my attitude was a disgrace during this event. What he already said. But for some reason, this time really stung. And I listened.

“I pay Billy to tell me things like that when necessary. It’s been there for so long that I’d be stupid not to take it into account. And I did. What he said really hit home.

“From that moment, my attitude changed. I started working again with Robbie Anderson, my sports psychologist. I didn’t want to be like that anymore. I didn’t want to leave the class feeling angry and frustrated.

“And since the US Open, my attitude has been completely transformed. I feel a lot happier. I don’t want to be a result-oriented person, which I have been in the past. And I don’t rely on no laurels. I’m just happier with everything, on and off the course. I’m more relaxed.

Prior to teaming up with Fitzpatrick, Foster was well known for being on Lee Westwood’s bag for a decade. They separated in 2018.

Fitzpatrick will play in England this week at Wentworth, the first time he has played in his home country since winning the US Open.

Fitzpatrick, 28, is now preparing to play in England for the first time since his big triumph

Fitzpatrick, 28, is now preparing to play in England for the first time since his big triumph

But it’s an occasion overshadowed by the presence of Westwood and a number of other players who have defected to join the LIV golf tour and cash in on the millions the Saudi-backed tour has to offer. .

“It’s going to be strange to see some people, obviously, in Wentworth,” Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s going to be a little weird, and obviously it’s a little disappointing. But they’ve won their little thing.

“It’s going to be interesting to see what happens. Obviously they’re [the DP World Tour] not quite as strong a position as the PGA Tour in terms of regulations or anything. Yeah, I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.

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