Sheffield’s US amateur champ Fitzpatrick turns professional

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Sheffield’s exciting young golf prospect Matt Fitzpatrick is turning professional.

The 19-year-old from Hallamshire Golf Club has announced that his final tournament as an amateur will be at the US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina, starting on June 12.

He will then join the professional ranks and his first competition as a pro will be the Irish Open at Fota Island, Cork, starting on June 19.

Fitzpatrick, who went to Tapton School, won the US Amateur title last year becoming the first English golfer to do so since 1911. This earned him exemptions into the Masters at Augusta - where he missed the cut by one shot - and next month’s US Open.

He had missed out on a historic double last year after finishing runner-up in the English Amateur Championship. In 2012, he won the prestigious English Boys Championship.

At last year’s Open Championship at Muirfield, Fitzpatrick - ranked the world’s No 1 amateur after his American success - won the medal as leading amateur.