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Matt Fitzpatrick Leaves NU, Will Play Full-Time
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/10/14
Matt Fitzpatrick, the 19-year-old native of Sheffield, England who won the 2013 U.S. Amateur championship, announced that he is withdrawing from Northwestern University. He will continue to play golf full-time as an amateur, based at home in England. In a statement released by the university, Fitzpatrick said,
"I very much enjoyed my experience at Northwestern. The people, the school and the great city of Chicago all exceeded my expectations. I want to thank Pat, David and my teammates for everything they did for me.

"Based on the opportunities I have right now from a golf perspective, I feel it is important to dedicate 100 percent of my time to the game and have decided to withdraw from university in the U.S."
Undoubtedly, the aforemented NU Director of Golf and head coach Pat Goss, assistant coach David Inglis (who was a major reason Fitzpatrick went to Northwestern), and the rest of the team will be disappointed to lose the world's number one-ranked amateur from their squad, which is now down to seven players. In the five NCAA events he played this past fall, Fitzpatrick had one shared victory at the Rod Myers Invitational and three other top-three finishes for the Wildcats.

In reporting the story, ESPN's lead golf writer Farrell Evans predicts that Fitzpatrick will not turn professional at least until after the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, for which he automatically qualified by winning the U.S. Amateur. At the 2013 Open at Muirfield, Fitzpatrick was the low amateur, finishing T-44.

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