Billy Foster is one of golf’s most recognisable faces, having caddied at more than 1,200 tournaments. The 57-year-old has therefore seen a fair share of memorable moments, including becoming the “s***house saviour” for Tiger Woods after an incident almost over two decades ago.Foster, who has worked with big names like Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn, saw a career highlight when he worked with Tiger Woods back in 2005. At this point, Woods was at the height of his career.
In those 12 months in particular the American would claim the 134th Open Championship, the 69th Masters Tournament and be named the PGA Player of the Year. But it was three years before that when the pair first met.In 2002, during a trip to the toilet Foster recalled there being no tissue available. Something that Woods would discover too little too late.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Foster recalled: “I am walking out and I hear this little sigh. Oh, he knows now that he’s in trouble. And it’s six minutes until he’s on the tee.”Oh Tiger. But I can’t do it to him, so I roll up some paper, get down on my knees, and present it to him under the door. I was the hand of god to him in that moment. ‘You’ll probably need this’.
“He grabs at it and then as I’m halfway through the door, I just say, ‘Europe, one up’, and walk out. He came out with the biggest smile. ‘Billy Foster, I owe you’. I caddied for him at the Presidents Cup in 2005 — I swear that’s why I got the job. Not because I’m a good caddie but because I was the s***house saviour.”Foster is still caddying for the biggest and best names in golf, and will be alongside Matt Fitzpatrick at The Open. Taking place at Royal Liverpool the tournament was last won on the prestigious greens by Rory McIlroy in 2014.
McIlroy was the one that got away for Foster as he had the chance to caddie the Northern Irishman back in 2008. Instead he chose to partner with Sergio Garcia instead. Reflecting on his decision, he said: “I look back on that and call myself a bit of a t***.”