U.S. Am champ Fitzpatrick turning pro after Pinehurst


Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick announced Tuesday that he intends to turn pro after this year’s U.S. Open.

The 19-year-old will make his pro debut at the European Tour's Irish Open, scheduled for June 19-22. The Englishman is signing with Chubby Chandler’s International Sports Management.

Fitzpatrick enjoyed a meteoric rise in the amateur game. He won the 2012 British Boys, earned low-amateur honors at the 2013 British Open, became the first Englishman since 1911 to capture the U.S. Amateur and was the leading points-earner for Team GB&I at the Walker Cup. 

Fitzpatrick came to the States to play for Northwestern, but he left school after the fall semester, saying that he wanted to focus full-time on golf. 

By virtue of his U.S. Amateur victory, Fitzpatrick had exemptions into the year’s first three majors. Though he missed the cut at the Masters, he finished 23rd the following week at the Heritage.

Because he is turning pro the week after the U.S. Open, Fitzpatrick is no longer exempt into the Open Championship.