"Going to university is a big thing," said Matt Fitzpatrick after winning the Silver Medal at the 2013 British Open. "Mum and Dad made sure education came first so I have something to fall back on if the golf doesn't work out. Northwestern is a great academic school. It's 19th in the world or something so that should hold me in good stead."
Said Fred Couples after The Open: "Matthew was a great kid to play with -- we traded some fist bumps throughout the day and it was great to see him soak in the atmosphere of a Major. He's very good. He doesn't miss many shots, hit it straight. At 18 you should putt well. He's a good putter."
Fall 2013: Competed in all five of Northwestern's fall tournaments ... Began his NU career just days after going 3-1 for the GB&I team at the Walker Cup ... Led the Wildcats in the fall with a 71.73 stroke average, firing eight rounds at par or better out of 15 with a low score of 6-under 66 ... Had three top-20 finishes and two top-10s ... Captured his first collegiate victory in his fourth event, earning co-medalist honors with teammate Jack Perry at the Rod Myers Intercollegiate (Oct. 12-13) with a 9-under 207 (67-68-72), helping NU to a team victory ... Finished third at NU's own Windon Memorial (Sept. 22-23) after opening with the aforementioned 66, again helping the Wildcats to the team win ... Had a top-20 finish among an exceptional field at the Gifford Collegiate hosted by UCLA (Nov. 4-5), placing 15th overall.
Prep Career: Enters Northwestern as the No. 1 ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking ... Winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the World's top amateur in 2013 ... 2013 United States Amateur Champion ... Finished T3 during medal play and then won six matches (including five via 4 and 3 margins) to win the USGA Gold Medal and Havemeyer Trophy ... First Englishman since 1911 to win the U.S. Amateur ... Earned the prestigious Silver Medal as the low amateur at the 2013 British Open at Muirfield, firing a 10-over 294 (73-76-73-72) to win the title by five strokes ... Qualified for the 2013 British Open through Local Final Qualifying, finishing T2 at 1-under 141 (69-72) at the Gullane No. 1 site in Scotland ... Selected to headline the Great Britain and Ireland Team at the 2013 Walker Cup, where he went 3-1 ... Finished as runner-up at the 2013 England Men's Amateur Championship, earning his berth in the final match with a resounding 7 and 6 win in the semifinals ... Won the 2012 British Boys Amateur Championship, the biggest junior event in Europe and the equivalent of the U.S. Junior Championship ... Winning margin of 10 and 8 was the largest in the British Boys since major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Sandy Lyle lost 10 and 9 to TR Shannon in 1974 ... Was ranked 11th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and second among players aged 18 and under on the day he signed his National Letter of Intent (Nov. 14, 2012) ... Member of the Great Britain and Ireland junior team that competed in the Jacques Leglise trophy match against Europe (a match that NU alum Luke Donald played in 1995) ... Member of the England Boys Team in the 2011-12 Boys Home Internationals and the 2012 European Boys Team Championships ... Member of the England Men's Team in 2012 ... Won the 2012 Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Championship and Selborne Salver ... Placed second in the England Boy's Championship Carris Trophy competition in 2011 before taking third in 2012 ... Coached by Mike Walker and Pete Cowen.
Personal: Born Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick ... Son of Russell and Susan Fitzpatrick ... Younger brother, Alex, caddied for Matt during his U.S. Amateur victory and is an accomplished junior player, as well ... Competed against Northwestern teammate and St. Andrews, Scotland, native Josh Jamieson ... Anticipated major is undecided.