Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
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The British Open sent a $154,000 payout to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood

The British Open sent a $154,000 payout 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. And the latter Fleetwood's account is apparently where the former Fleetwood's British Open winnings were deposited.

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

"My friend Tommy is club pro at the Streamsong Resort in Central Florida and I was with him there today when he received a notification on his cellphone", Thorner, a teaching pro from Tampa, said. I think what happened was that he played some Challenge Tour events on the European Tour back in the day and they must still have his details.

Fleetwood - the English one - said: "I didn't know anything about it".

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 USA club pro golfer of the same name.


Fleetwood's wife and manager, Clare, admitted they did not know it had been paid into the wrong account until they were told about Thorner's tweet.

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

I only wish there was a golfer called Ryan Sidle so I could accidentally get paid, not sure I'd be so forward with the truth- after all there's a chance he wouldn't notice!

'It's a amusing story. He was not positive it was the same amount that Tommy won at the Open but we checked and it was.

It took me about an hour to get that sorted out, and I have plenty more stories like that.

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