Simply two months earlier than lifting the primary main of his profession, Matt Fitzpatrick acquired a rocket from his caddie, the esteemed Billy Foster.
Fitzpatrick, 28 and extensively thought of one of many extra amiable figures on tour, edged Scottie Scheffler and Will Zaloratis by a shot at The Nation Membership in Massachussetes in June to win the US Open.
However in April, he acquired a telephone name from Foster which served as wake-up name whereas he was at dinner together with his mother and father after the RBC Heritage, the place he had missed the lower only a week after coming a decent 14th at The Masters.
Matt Fitzpatrick was given some sharp phrases of recommendation by his caddie Billy Foster this 12 months
Foster’s recommendation to Fitzpatrick about his perspective got here simply two months earlier than US Open glory
It was Fitzpatrick himself who lifted the lid on the dialogue with Foster, telling Golf Digest of the telephone name: ‘He wished to have a phrase. I had no thought what was coming.
‘He principally advised me my perspective was a shame in that occasion. Which he has mentioned earlier than. However for no matter cause, this time actually stung. And I listened.
‘I pay Billy to inform me issues like that when essential. He’s been round for thus lengthy I’d be silly to not take heed. And I did. What he mentioned actually hit house.
‘From then on, my perspective modified. I began working once more with Robbie Anderson, my sport psychologist. I didn’t need to be like that anymore. I didn’t need to come off the course feeling indignant and pissed off.
‘And because the U.S. Open my perspective has been utterly remodeled. I really feel loads happier. I don’t need to be a results-driven particular person, which I’ve been previously. And I’m not resting on any laurels. I’m simply happier with every part, on and off the course. I’m extra relaxed.’
Earlier than becoming a member of forces with Fitzpatrick, Foster was well-known for being on Lee Westwood’s bag for a decade. They parted methods in 2018.
Fitzpatrick can be teeing off in England this week at Wentworth, the primary time he has performed in his house nation since successful the US Open.
Fitzpatrick, 28, is now getting ready to play in England for the primary time since his main triumph
However it’s an event overshadowed by the presence of Westwood and a lot of different gamers who’ve defected to hitch the breakaway LIV Golf tour and money in on the tens of millions the Saudi-backed circuit have on provide.
‘It’s going to be odd seeing sure individuals, clearly, at Wentworth,’ Fitzpatrick mentioned.
‘That’s going to be a bit bizarre, and clearly it’s a bit bit disappointing. However they received their little factor.
‘It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see what occurs. Clearly they’re [the DP World Tour] not fairly in as robust a place because the PGA Tour are by way of rules or no matter it’s. Yeah, I assume we’ll simply need to see the way it performs out.’