Jan. 9, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Freshman Matt Fitzpatrick has announced his intention to withdraw from Northwestern following the fall academic quarter to pursue his amateur golf career full-time at home in England.
"I very much enjoyed my experience at Northwestern," Fitzpatrick said. "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."
Fitzpatrick entered Northwestern as the No. 1 ranked amateur player in the world and maintains that ranking at the end of his time at NU. By virtue of his victory at the 2013 U.S. Amateur, the Sheffield, England, native will play in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open this year in addition to other amateur and professional events.
"Matt is a bright and talented young man who has an incredible future ahead of him in the game of golf," Northwestern head coach Pat Goss said. "We wish him nothing but the best in his career."
Fitzpatrick ranked second for the Wildcats in the fall with a 71.63 stroke average, compiling three top-20 and two top-10 finishes in five events. He was the co-medalist at Duke's Rod Myers Intercollegiate in October and took third at NU's home Windon Memorial Classic in September.
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