Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Tommy Fleetwood's £120,000 Open winnings sent to wrong Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood's £120,000 Open winnings sent to wrong Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy lad, it's £120k, you should probably notice if that doesn't go into your account!

U.S. 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.

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

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.

"Tommy is club pro at the Streamsong Resort in Central Florida and I was with him when he received a notification on his phone and he shouted, 'Holy smoke, I've just had $154,480 paid into my account, '" Greg Thorner said. And the latter Fleetwood's account is apparently where the former Fleetwood's British Open winnings were deposited.

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Before all the people out there with names like Justin Thomas or Dustin Johnson start to fantasize what they would do if a similar error was made to their benefit, it is very much worth noting that the error seems to have happened because the other Fleetwood participated in some European Tour events a while ago and is now a golf pro in Florida, according to The Guardian.

"My mother called me to say she's been getting lots of calls from the media". At least he can always say he won $154,000 at the Open'.

"It was an honest mistake", Fleetwood said, sounding dumbfounded that he had suddenly become a focus of media attention.

It may have been easy to miss for the more accomplished Fleetwood, whose career earnings are listed at $20.32 million on the European Tour's website. I know the European Tour are looking into it and I'm sure they will feel pretty bad about it. It would take me over five years to earn that, and that's if I was the best at my job, never mind joint 12th- rubbish Tommy.

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