Saturday, 23 February, 2019

European Tour pays wrong Tommy Fleetwood £120,000 Open winnings

Tommy Fleetwood of England plays his shot from the 14th tee during a practice round prior to the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club European Tour pays wrong Tommy Fleetwood £120,000 Open winnings
Cary Erickson | 09 August, 2018, 18:24

Imagine waking up to $150,000 being deposited in your bank account and having no idea why you were suddenly a little heavier in the wallet.

The much older Fleetwood has also been a pro golfer - he's now attempting to get onto the senior tour.

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

Fleetwood finished in a tie for 12th at Carnoustie, but his namesake cashed in as he was mistakenly sent the money, his friend Greg Thorner was with him when he discovered that his account had been credited.

United States player Tommy Fleetwood, born in 1959, discovered the unexpected windfall on Wednesday while with his friend Greg Thorner, who tweeted the bank statement showing the six-figure deposit between a $14.37 Walmart supermarket bill and a $16 wire transfer fee. Thorner said: "He called it up [on his phone] and looked at his statement, and that's when he shouted 'Holy smoke, I've just had $154,000 paid into my account'".

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The Tommy Fleetwood who did not earn a winning share of the Open - is apparently a pro golfer in Florida and according to The Guardian was "born in 1959 - has tried to qualify for seniors events in Europe in the recent past". "He said, 'No, no no.' He called the bank".

Here's how Thorner thinks the mistake took place: his friend Tommy Fleetwood played briefly on the European PGA Tour. He was not positive it was the same amount that Tommy won at the Open but we checked and it was.

The European Tour confirmed the error. I know the European Tour are looking into it and I'm sure they will feel pretty bad about it.

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