British Open Sends Winnings To Wrong Tommy Fleetwood

Jul 26 2018 Oakville Ontario CAN PGA caddie Ian Finnis and Tommy Fleetwood on the tenth hole tee box during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Mandatory Credit Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Wrong Tommy Fleetwood gets British Open payout of $154,000 he does self-report the error Eric Bolte USA TODAY Sports

The European Tour has apologized to United Kingdom golfer Tommy Fleetwood after committing something of a bogey by paying his $150,000 earnings from the British Open to a US PGA club professional of the same name.

However, the world number 11 was left waiting for the sum to be deposited to his account after the European Tour, which handles payments for the event, mistakenly sent it to a United States club pro golfer of the same name.

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. "He said, 'No, no no.' He called the bank".

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.

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"I didn't know at first where the money came from because it just appeared as a wire transfer", the Orlando golfer told USA Today.

That man is a PGA club pro and teacher in Florida bearing the same name as the English golfer.

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

His wife and manager, Clare Fleetwood, has received an apology from the European Tour and is trying to establish if the funds have been transfered to the proper account.

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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.

Fleetwood, who begins his PGA Championship bid at Bellerive on Thursday, said: "It looks pretty genuine". I know the European Tour are looking into it and I'm sure they will feel pretty bad about it.

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