Open Championship Accidentally Pay The Wrong Tommy Fleetwood

Open Championship Accidentally Pay The Wrong Tommy Fleetwood

It was the better-known Fleetwood's earnings for his tied 12th finish at the Open but, owing to a clerical error on the part of the European Tour, the wrong Tommy, who works at the Streamsong resort in Central Florida, got credited.

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.

Fleetwood returned the money and it went to the British Open finisher.

Instead, it was deposited into the account of another Tommy Fleetwood, an American club pro. That Tommy Fleetwood is probably used to having large sums show up randomly in his bank account.

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

"My mother called me to say she's been getting lots of calls from the media".

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"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 is struggling to buy a new one".

Before all the people out there with names like Justin Thomas or Dustin Johnson start to fantasize what they would do if a similar error was made to their benefit, it is very much worth noting that the error seems to have happened because the other Fleetwood participated in some European Tour events a while ago and is now a golf pro in Florida, according to The Guardian. At least he can always say he won $154,000 at the Open'.

Fleetwood, who begins his PGA Championship bid at Bellerive on Thursday, said: "It looks pretty genuine".

"It was only for $14 or something but he called it up and looked at his statement, and that's when he shouted 'Holy smoke, I've just had US$154,000 paid into my account!'"

Friend of the Tommy who was accidentally paid, Greg Thorner, told the Press Association, "He played a few European events so the European Tour obviously had some information on him and it must have got mixed up".

Hs is now preparing to play at this week's USPGA Championship at Bellerive in Missouri.

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