British Open sends the wrong Tommy Fleetwood large sum of prize money


Fleetwood, who tees off up in Thursday's first round of the USPGA Championship, finished in a tie for 12 at Carnoustie and collected $154,480.

Somehow, the transfer of just over $154,000 went into the account of a Tommy Fleetwood that did not participate in the PGA European Tour.

The European Tour later called the mistake a "clerical error" and has since apologized to all parties involved.

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Tommy Fleetwood must have some deep pockets because the English golfer has laughed off the fact that $150,000 was mistakenly deposited into the bank account of another man that's named Tommy Fleetwood. "I emailed them back and I said, 'Well, I plan on sending it back, but you've got to excuse me that I'm not going to send it to this thing you're sending me randomly in email". He is in his 50s now and trying to make it on the Seniors circuits, but 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 on file. "That's when I realised that it must be for the other Tommy Fleetwood and I quickly worked out that it was his Open winnings".

If you follow golf at all you might recognize the name; British pro Tommy Fleetwood is now ranked 11th in the world and is a trendy pick for this weekend's PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis. He was not positive it was the same amount that Tommy won at the Open, but we checked and it was.

"I told him he should keep it", Thorner told USA TODAY. They [the European Tour] are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it. "But I'll get on top of that".