Oops, wrong Tommy Fleetwood: European Tour pays $230k to another golfer

Tommy Fleetwood’s strong British Open winnings had an unexpected beneficiary. More

Tommy Fleetwood’s strong British Open winnings had an unexpected beneficiary. More

Imagine checking your bank account and seeing an extra thousand dollars or so mysteriously deposited overnight. The only problem? It was the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

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.

After his 12th place finish at The Open last month, Tommy Fleetwood was transferred the €133,000 or so prize money during the week.

On Wednesday, a screenshot of the American Fleetwood's bank account was posted to Twitter by a friend, the prize money sitting there just above a purchase at Walmart.

"My mother called me to say she's been getting lots of calls from the media". That Tommy Fleetwood is probably used to having large sums show up randomly in his bank account.

The Tommy Fleetwood who did not earn a winning share of the Open - is apparently a pro golfer in Florida and according to The Guardian was "born in 1959 - has tried to qualify for seniors events in Europe in the recent past".

"I honestly didn't know anything about it", Fleetwood told the Guardian.

"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".

The European Tour confirmed the error.

Fleetwood, who begins his PGA Championship bid at Bellerive on Thursday, said: "It looks pretty genuine".

"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!'"

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