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

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

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

Fleetwood won £120,000 for finishing in a tie for 12th at Carnoustie, but that amount was transferred to an American man by the name of Thomas Fleetwood instead.

Tommy Fleetwood of Bowling Green, Florida, unrelated to the professional golfer of the same name, mistakenly received US$154,480.

The problem: It went to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

USA 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. That Tommy Fleetwood is probably used to having large sums show up randomly in his bank account.

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'". 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, who is also a caddie, told Reuters he had been trying to get in touch with the 27-year-old Englishman.

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!

Speaking at Bellerive ahead of the US PGA Championship, Tommy Fleetwood said: "I honestly didn't know anything about it".

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

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".

Open Tommy Fleetwood, meanwhile, wasn't sweating the mistake.

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