Matt Fitzpatrick left Northwestern University after one semester because, he said, he wanted to concentrate on amateur golf. That concentrated effort didn’t last very long because Fitzpatrick had decided to turn professional before the summer is out.
Fitzpatrick, 19, will become a professional after his appearance at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst, for which he as an exemption as a result of winning last summer’s U.S. Amateur.
Fitzpatrick will make his pro debut at the Irish Open, the week after the U.S. Open. He has signed with Chubby Chandler’s International Sports Management. He was low amateur at the 2013 Open Championship and was the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur since 1911.
That victory gave Fitzpatrick exemptions into The Masters, where he missed the cut, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. As the result of turning pro, he will not be exempt into the Open Championship.