Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

American club professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood paid $154,000 prize money in error

American club professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood paid $154,000 prize money in error

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

But there appears to have been a small mixup, as the EuroTour sent the money to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

An American club pro called Tommy Fleetwood, who must have long idly wondered what it was like being the British version, got a taste last week when he found $154,480 (£119,884) deposited by the European Tour into his Wells Fargo bank account.

Tommy Fleetwood tied for 12th at the Open Championship.

"I honestly didn't know anything about it", Fleetwood said.

After receiving a message from Greg Thorner, a golf instructor in New England, it appears that Thorner's friend - another golfer that's named Tommy Fleetwood - had actually received the 29-year-old Englishman's payout from his excellent performance at Carnoustie.

'I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look. He's in his fifties now but played some Challenge Tour events on the European Tour back in the day, and they must still have his details on file.

That would explain why the accounts department had his bank account information.

The elder Fleetwood is now reportedly in the process of returning the money to the World No. 11 Fleetwood, but at least he can now probably say he's received more money as a pro than any of his colleagues.

'It's a amusing story.

Although the prize money was from the Open Championship, players are paid by either the European Tour or PGA Tour and a spokesperson for the European Tour said: "This was a clerical error which we are resolving and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to both parties".

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