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

10 Août, 2018, 01:42 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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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.

Fleetwood finished tied for 12th at the recent British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland, earning the 27-year-old a cool $154,480.

Instead, it was deposited into the account of another Tommy Fleetwood, an American club pro.

Golf Digest have confirmed that this situation, is, in fact, true and to his enormous credit, Fleetwood is laughing the whole thing off.

The much older Fleetwood has also been a pro golfer - he's now attempting to get onto the senior tour.

The problem: It went to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

"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 US$154,000 paid into my account!'"

He praised his friend as a "good guy" who would never have thought about attempting to keep the cash - even though he apparently needs a new driver of his own.

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The elder Fleetwood is now reportedly in the process of returning the money to the World No. 11 Fleetwood, but at least he can now probably say he's received more money as a pro than any of his colleagues.

However, Fleetwood didn't immediately receive that money because, well, another man named Thomas Fleetwood did.

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

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

"I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look", Fleetwood said. "But I'll get on top of that".

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

The tour have apologised to both Fleetwoods, while the better known one's wife and manager Clare was off to check their bank account.

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