Alabama star golfer announced in a press conference Thursday afternoon that he will be turning professional and leave the University.
Dunlap became the first amateur to win a PGA event since Phil Mickelson in 1991 with his victory at The American Express last week, but had to forfeit the $1.5 million in prize money due to his amateur status.
At just 20 years old, Dunlap is already a budding star and extremely accomplished. In the last three years, he has joined Tiger Woods as the only two players in history to win both the U.S. Junior Amateur as well as the U.S. Amateur, doing so in 2021 and 2023 respectively.
Dunlap, who is a native of Huntsville, thanked every at the university in a tearful statement including his coaches, teammates, trainers, parents, and many more:
— Alabama Athletics (@UA_Athletics) January 25, 2024
Next week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will officially be Dunlap’s professional debut, with the opportunity coming on one of the most iconic courses the sport of golf has to offer.