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British Open Sends Winnings To Wrong Tommy Fleetwood

The real Tommy Fleetwood prepares for the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club after his Open Championship European Tour pays wrong Tommy Fleetwood £120,000 Open winnings
Cary Erickson | 10 August, 2018, 01:46

The real Tommy Fleetwood prepares for the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, after his Open Championship prizemoney was paid to the wrong person.

A surprised Tommy Fleetwood saw the amusing side after finding out his Open Championship prize money was mistakenly paid into the bank account of someone who shares the same name.

Greg Thorner, who posted the screenshot of his friend Thomas's bank account, said: "He played a few European events so the European Tour obviously had some information on him and it must have got mixed up".

It was not paid, however, to the Tommy Fleetwood who played in the championship and tied for 12th at Carnoustie.

However, the world number 11 was left waiting for the sum to be deposited to his account after the European Tour, which handles payments for the event, mistakenly sent it to a U.S. club pro golfer of the same name.

"It's just something I don't really look at but I'll get on top of that!".

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Upon discovering the temporary windfall, the current caddy called his bank the query the transaction.

"My friend Tommy is a good guy and would always pay it back, even though he could do with the money as he broke his driver the other day and struggling to buy a new one".

"I honestly didn't know anything about it", he told The Guardian.

The tour have apologised to both Fleetwoods, while the better known one's wife and manager Clare was off to check their bank account.

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'I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look. It would take me over five years to earn that, and that's if I was the best at my job, never mind joint 12th- rubbish Tommy.