Meet Billy Foster: Matthew Fitzpatrick’s Caddie

 

Matthew Fitzpatrick (right) and his caddie Billy Foster (left)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (right) and his caddie Billy Foster (left)
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Matthew Fitzpatrick is a young professional golfer from Yorkshire, England. He’s very talented and has shown great promise with his 8 victories in just 7 years. 7 of his 8 wins were all international wins with just one on the PGA tour. Matt has an exceptional short game and is very well known for his putting. While his pure skill and raw talent are the biggest proponents of his success, Matthew also has an excellent partner that helps him navigate the courses week in and week out, minimizing risks and aiding in low scores by reading the greens with laser precision. Let’s get to know Matthew Fitzpatrick’s caddie.

Who is Matthew Fitzpatrick’s caddie?

Matthew Fitzpatrick’s caddie is Billy Foster. Billy Foster, is a veteran caddie who has caddied for some really big names: Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia,  and Thomas Bjorn are among the most notable. Foster, hails from Yorkshire, England and has caddied for 40 years in the professional ranks. He’s a very well decorated caddie, having won over 30 times in his career. This nets out to about .75 wins per year.

When did Billy Foster Start to Caddie for Matthew Fitzpatrick?

Billy Foster began to caddie for Matthew Fitzpatrick back in 2019. Since their partnership began, the pair have amassed an amazing run on the PGA tour but went without a win for his first 2 years on the PGA tour. In July 2022, Fitzpatrick and his caddie finally broke through the barrier and secured their first PGA tour victory together, winning the 2022 U.S. Open.

How much does Matthew Fitzpatrick’s Caddie, Billy Foster Make a year?

Because caddie compensation is performance-based, a caddie’s wages will be quite different from one year to the next. For that reason, we’ll focus on how much Billy Foster’s earned while caddying for Matthew Fitzpatrick in the 2021-2022 season. The formula used in this estimate is what most tour players use for paying their caddies: 5% of earnings if the player places outside the top 10, 7% if the player finishes within the top 10, and 10% if the player finishes in 1st place. Based on this information, we estimate that Mark Fulcher may have made somewhere in the neighborhood of $454,226 while caddying for Matt Fitzpatrick in the 2021-2022 season on the PGA Tour.

Here's the breakdown of how much money Billy Foster made in 2022 caddying for Matt Fitzpatrick

Tournament

Finish

Matthew Fitzpatrick’s Earnings

% of Earnings

Billy Foster’s Earnings

Butterfield Bermuda Championship

T30

$41,600

5%

$2,080

World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba

T64

$15,336

5%

$767

Hero World Challenge *

T12

$107,500

5%

$5,375

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

T6

$293,625

7%

$20,554

WM Phoenix Open

T10

$198,850

7%

$13,920

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

T9

$339,000

7%

$23,730

Valspar Championship

T5

$301,275

7%

$21,089

World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play

T18

$133,875

5%

$6,694

Masters Tournament

T14

$225,333

5%

$11,267

Wells Fargo Championship

T2

$681,000

7%

$47,670

PGA Championship

T5

$530,417

7%

$37,129

RBC Canadian Open

T10

$219,675

7%

$15,377

Grand Total

8

$5,241,575

7%

$454,226

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