Exciting times lie ahead for young golfer Matt Fitzpatrick after he signed terms to become a professional last week. The 19- year- old from Sheffield will make his pro debut at the Irish Open on June 19th.
But first there is the small matter of his last event as an amateur, the US Open - where he has been paired in his opening round with current holder Justin Rose and British Open winner Phil Mickleson. Chris Dawkes has been to see him.
Sheffield's Matt Fitzpatrick will bring the curtain down on his glittering amateur career at the US Open next month.
Fitzpatrick, the reigning US Amateur champion and Open Championship silver medallist, will compete at Pinehurst as an amateur before turning professional at the Irish Open a week later.
The 19-year-old, who became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur title at Brookline last year, hopes to play in Europe on invites for the rest of the season after joining International Sports Management.
"I chose ISM because I was impressed with how much they wanted to manage me," he said. "I had options, but eventually it came down to ISM. They have a proven track record of guiding the careers of young golfers and moulding major champions. I am in good hands."
Fitzpatrick missed the cut at the Masters in April by a single shot and then finished tied for 23rd at the RBC Heritage the following week.
Former world number one Lee Westwood has split from coach Sean Foley as he looks to arrest his alarming slide down the rankings.
Westwood began working with Foley, who also coaches Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, shortly before the Open Championship last summer and finished third at Muirfield after taking a two-shot lead into the final round.
However, the 40-year-old Englishman recorded just one subsequent top-10 finish on the European Tour during the rest of a winless season and has started 2014 with a share of 47th at the Farmers Insurance Open and a missed cut in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Westwood spent a total of 22 weeks as world number one in two spells after succeeding Woods in October 2010, but is now ranked 33rd.
Speaking about ending his time with Foley, he told GolfWeek: "I just wanted to work on swing positions and stuff like that a bit more. I didn't feel like Sean coached like that, so it didn't really fit what I wanted to do.
"I felt like I had the game that got me to world number one. And I was working on stuff that I didn't work on back then, so it made sense to go back to what I was working on before."
Asked about finding a new coach, Westwood added: "I have things in the pipeline. Nobody has got any need to apply."
Matt Fitzpatrick from Sheffield is the finest amateur golfer in the world - making it to number one in the rankings after a spectacular season last year.
He has a huge year ahead of him and has already taken a major step - by quitting the American dream of going to university in the States. Nineteen-year-old Matt is now back home where Calendar's sports reporter Chris Dawkes caught up with him
Sheffield teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick and New Zealand's Lydia Ko have won the Mark H McCormack medals as the leading men's and women's amateur players in the 2013 World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Earlier this month 18-year old Matthew became the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship event for over 100 years and he will now be able to compete in the Masters, Open and US Open next year.
This followed his success in the Open when he won the silver medal for best amateur in the Championship
Worksop golfer Lee Westwood is 2 shots off the lead at the Houston Open going into the final round. The former world number 1 carded a 5 under par 67 in his third round to move to 9 under and second on the leaderboard behind Stewart Cink and Bill Haas.
Lee Westwood feels he has already pulled off one "genius" move at Royal Lytham, but admits he is still trying to figure out where the birdies to boost his Open chances will come from. The Worksop-based golfer is seeking his first major title at the 58th attempt this week, having recorded
seven top three finishes in his last 16 appearances. The 39-year-old admits Lytham is one of his favourite courses on the Open rota, but knows the thick rough and potentially poor weather will make conditions difficult when the battle for the Claret Jug gets under way on Thursday.
"I played the golf course last night, which was a genius move because it wasnice weather and there was hardly anybody out there. It was one of the best Open Championship practises I ever had, " the world number three said.
"Obviously it's in England and it's nice to play on home turf, that makes it more special. And I think it's a fair golf course that's a lot harder than it looks at first impression. ."
Lee Westwood has confirmed his plans to move to the United States at the end of the year to maximise the remainder of his playing career. The 39-year-old, who still lives close to his birthplace of Worksop, has won 40 professional titles but has yet to claim a major in 57 attempts.
There are a number of reasons but the main one is I haven't got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there aslong as I can.
Lee Westwood from Worksop has spoken about the moment a tree put paid to his latest bid to win a major golf title. Three off the lead and still with 14 holes to play at the US Open, his drive down the 491-yard fifth was never seen again. He finished joint 10th, four behind winner Webb Simpson.
You could have understood it if my shot was way off line, but it was on the perfect line. You've got to cut that corner and try to hold it up against that slope, because the fairway is so severe. It was hard to get any momentum going after that because it took the wind out of my sails. I wasn't really making any putts and wasn't getting any breaks. I eagled the 17th after a great approach but it was probably too little too late by then. It was just one of those frustrating days really, but we live to fight another day.
– Lee Westwood.
Next month's Open at Royal Lytham will become Westwood's 58th attempt to land a major title and he has now had 14 top 10s, seven of them top threes.