Matthew Fitzpatrick, U.S. Amateur champ, quits college to return to England
Top-ranked amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, widely regarded as British golf's hottest prospect, has dropped out of college in the United States to pursue his career back in his native England.
Fitzpatrick, 19, followed the path taken by compatriot Luke Donald by attending Northwestern University in Chicago last year, after a successful summer in which he won the U.S. Amateur and the silver medal in the British Open for being the top amateur.
Fitzpatrick has opted to "dedicate 100 percent of my time to the game and have decided to withdraw from university in the U.S," according to a statement released by Northwestern.
Fitzpatrick's plans "are to remain as an amateur golfer for the foreseeable future" rather than turn professional, England Golf (the governing body for amateur golf in England) said on Tuesday.
Fitzpatrick has qualified to play in this year's Masters, U.S. Open and the British Open.
The Associated Press contributed to this report