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Top Amateur Matt Fitzpatrick Withdraws from NU

A year ago, Northwestern athletics picked up arguably the biggest recruit in its history. Matt Fitzpatrick — the low amateur at the British Open and the top amateur player in the world — chose to play college golf at Northwestern. However, after just one quarter at the school and without completing a full golf season, Fitzpatrick has decided to withdraw from NU. Via

"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."

NU has built a very strong golf program under coach Pat Goss, but this loss undoubtedly hurts since Fitzpatrick ranked as NU's No. 2 golfer this fall as a freshman. The Wildcats' season continues on February 14 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla.