Alex Fitzpatrick turns pro | Golf Monthly

Just months after making his PGA Tour debut at the Valspar Championship (opens in a new tab)Alex Fitzpatrick has turned professional, with the 23-year-old posting a statement on his social media platforms.

Captioned: “Extremely happy to announce that I am turning professional. Thank you to my family, friends and people who have supported me throughout my journey and I look forward to advancing it through the professional ranks and see where the next chapter takes me.” Alex will now be looking to launch his career in the professional ranks.

Brother of Matt Fitzpatrick (opens in a new tab), Alex goes pro ranked as the sixth-best amateur in the world, with the 23-year-old’s best position in the world amateur rankings being fourth. In addition to several collegiate victories, he also participated in the Walker Cup in 2019 and 2021.

Having previously caddyed for his brother at the 2013 US Amateur, an event which Matt won, Alex said at the Valspar Championship: “Personally, I feel like I’ve done and experienced a lot of amateur play and I feel like I’m close enough to take the step into professional golf. Now, a few months later, he’s made the step into professional play.

The move comes just a month after the 23-year-old reportedly turned down at least $2 million to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series (opens in a new tab), with his brother stating after the news: “He will turn pro when the time is right for him and, if his ranking improves a little in the next few weeks on the college circuit, he will go directly to the Korn Ferry Tour. I am pleased. It would have been weird if he was in this league, after I declined.

Many big names in the game commented on the news, with Thomas Bjorn saying: Good luck. Now I better stop calling @MattFitz94 for a kid,” while Rick Shiels commented, “Congrats mate.”

Michael C. Ford