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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Matt Fitzpatrick leaves Northwestern

By Farrell Evans
ESPN.com

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 2013 U.S. Amateur champion, is leaving Northwestern after just one semester to play golf full time.

The 19-year-old Englishman said in a statement released on Thursday that "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, who won the U.S. Amateur in August at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., now will turn his attention to a busy slate of upcoming events that include the Masters, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.

In July, the Sheffield, England, native was low amateur at the Open Championship at Muirfield with a tie for 44th.

It's unlikely he will turn pro until after this year's Open Championship, which he qualified for through his victory at The Country Club, where he became the first English champ of the U.S. Amateur since 1911.

In five college events, the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world had a win and three other top-three finishes for Northwestern.