Billy Foster is one of the more well-known caddies in the game but even still, his name has certainly gathered more fame in the last week after caddying Matt Fitzaptrick to US Open success on Sunday.
Foster is also one of the most experienced caddies in the game, having been on the bag for the likes of Lee Westwood, Seve Ballasteros, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and even Tiger Woods.
As well as being supremely knowledgable in the game of golf, he is also a magnificent story-teller, as evidenced by a Tiger Woods anecdote from the 2002 Ryder Cup at the Belfry.
"First match was Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn playing Tiger Woods and Paul Azinger. And it was eight o’clock the first tee-time, and it was a quarter to eight. And Darren was hitting a few putts just before they went to the tee. And I said ‘Darren, early morning, bit nervous, flock of seagulls, I need to go for a Tom Kite’. So I needed to go to the toilet and as I walked in there I saw Davis Love III’s caddie and I said ‘morning Cubby’.
"I went into trap one and sat down, just about to give it the full thrust morning glory and I realised there was no toilet paper. Wiped me brow thought thank god for that walked straight across the corridor into trap two. And I looked behind me and there’s about 20 rolls so no problem, happy days. And the next minute I heard the spikes on the bathroom floor, ‘morning Cubby’ ‘morning Tiger’. Bang straight into trap one where I had just been.
More from Billy Foster, this time on Tiger Woods, who he considers the greatest of all-time:
2002: "I'm the only man in the world who knows Tiger Woods is trapped in there with no toilet paper..."
2005, caddying for him: "He was an absolute gentleman."pic.twitter.com/pixu5LCNtb
— Ben Coley (@BenColeyGolf) September 22, 2018
"And I was sat there just listening, and then I heard it and it wasn’t too solid, so that’s going to be chaos for him. And I’m the only man in the world who knows it. Tiger Woods is trapped in there with no toilet paper and he’s going on the first tee in five minutes. And I was using the excess toilet paper to dry the tears in my eyes, because I was crying because I just had this vision of Tiger walking down the fifth bow-legged looking like John Wayne had just got off his horse, with a pair of underpants that resembled the Japanese flag.
"And as I went past his cubicle I just heard a sigh, and I thought I can’t do it to him, so I walked back and rolled him about twenty sheets, got down on my hands on knees and went under the toilet door and just said ‘whoever’s in there you might be needing this’. And as he grabbed it I just shouted ‘Europe one up’.
"And sure enough we beat them one up, but he came out with the biggest smile on his face ‘Billy Foster I owe you big time’, I said ‘too right you do Tiger’. And a couple of years later he gave me the job to caddy for him in the President’s Cup. And I think that was because of the toilet paper and not because I was a good caddie and all that."
It's an amazing story which showcases a side of Tiger we don't often hear about, or have probably never heard about, and you can tell that Foster has honed it over the years.
The win on Sunday has pushed Matt Fitzpatrick into the world's top 10, and we are sure his partnership with Foster will yield more success in the near future, and hopefully more entertaining interviews like the one below.
— Caddie Network (@CaddieNetwork) June 20, 2022