Well, that didn’t last long. 2013 U.S Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick is leaving Northwestern University after one semester to play golf full time.
The 19-year-old Englishman said in a statement released by the university on Thursday:
“…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.”
Fitzpatrick, the no. 1 ranked amateur in the world, will play in the Masters, U.S. Open and the Open Championship, along with several other amateur and professional events. It’s unlikely he’ll turn pro until after the Open because he qualified for it through his U.S. Amateur victory at Brookline Country Club last summer.
In five collegiate starts this past fall, Fitzpatrick earned a share of medalist honors at the Rod Myers Intercollegiate, along with two other top-20 finishes.