Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

The British Open sent a $154,000 payout to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood won £120,000 for finishing joint 12th at The Open Fleetwood won £120,000 for finishing joint 12th at The Open
Cassandra Castillo | 10 August, 2018, 01:44

Tommy Fleetwood is one of the best golfers in the world and the 27-year-old from Southport, England displayed his considerable skill during the 2018 Open Championship.

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.

Tommy Fleetwood tied for 12th at the Open Championship.

Fleetwood's payout was reportedly deposited into the Wells Fargo bank account of a man with the same name, according to a screencap tweeted by golf school owner Greg Thorner, apparently a friend of the other Fleetwood. That Tommy Fleetwood is probably used to having large sums show up randomly in his bank account.

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!

The curious situation was confirmed by Golf Digest, who reached out to the pro Fleetwood's wife and was told there had been a "huge clerical error by the European tour accounts department".

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

"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".

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

"It was only for $14 or something but he called it up and looked at his statement, and that's when he shouted 'Holy smoke, I've just had £154,000 paid into my account!'"

Meanwhile, there are two Zach Johnsons playing at the 100th USPGA.

"I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look", Fleetwood said.

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