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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 NUSports.com:

"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.