There's great underlying storylines with every new major winner. For Matty Fitz? None better than Billy Foster, his caddie. Guy has been on the bag for so many great players over a 40 year career, but has never been in the right place at the right time to get one of the big ones. Guy's basically caddied for half the European Ryder Cup team over the past 3 decades, plus a stint with Tiger Woods back in 2005 when Stevie Williams skipped the President's Cup to be there for the birth of his kid.
We're talking Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Sergio Garcia, and even Seve Ballesteros back in the day. Most of those guys won majors, but not while Billy was on the bag. His longest stint with anyone though, was with Lee Westwood. Whose just about the poster child of "close but no cigar" when it came to winning majors. Billy was right there most of the way, with Lee coming up just short in major after major in the 2000's and early 2010's. Those two split in 2018, which is when Foster landed on Fitzy's bag.
So yeah, when the PGA Championship was right in Fitzpatrick's grasps last month and he let it slip away with a poor Sunday showing, it felt painfully familiar for the guy. He's been a tremendous sport about all of it, while clearly being honest that the close calls ate away at him.
Which is why you saw such an emotional scene on that 18th green. Hell, when Zalatoris missed that putt to force the playoff, Fitzpatrick's first reaction wasn't to fist pump or raise his hands in the air or even really celebrate at all. It was to smirk at and embrace Billy Foster who had finally gotten over the hump.