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European Tour Pay Wrong Tommy Fleetwood €133k Open Prize Money

Tommy Fleetwood’s strong British Open winnings had an unexpected beneficiary. More Tommy Fleetwood’s strong British Open winnings had an unexpected beneficiary. More
Cassandra Castillo | 09 August, 2018, 14:21

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.

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.

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 told him he should keep it", Thorner, a golf school owner, told USA TODAY Sports. That's when I realized that it must be for the other Tommy Fleetwood and I quickly worked out that it was his Open winnings.

"He got on to his bank immediately and they didn't know what to say".

'My friend Tommy is a good guy and would always pay it back.

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It is believed the European Tour, who along with the PGA Tour are in charge of sending out prize money to the players, already had the former pro's bank account details because he had competed in Challenger Events in Europe decades ago.

"At least, he can always say he won $150,000 at the Open".

The problem: The European Tour sent the money to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

The European Tour confirmed the error.

After finishing his round in preparation for the PGA Championship, Fleetwood laughed it off.

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'. But I'll get on top of that".

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