Monday, 20 August, 2018

British Open sends the wrong Tommy Fleetwood large sum of prize money

Tommy Fleetwood’s strong British Open winnings had an unexpected beneficiary. More Tommy Fleetwood’s strong British Open winnings had an unexpected beneficiary. More
Shannon Reynolds | 11 August, 2018, 21:33

Fleetwood finished in a tie for 12th at Carnoustie, but his namesake cashed in as he was mistakenly sent the money, his friend Greg Thorner was with him when he discovered that his account had been credited.

You're the Tommy Fleetwood who attempted, unsuccessfully, to qualify for the European Seniors Tour and now, 58, caddies at the Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Florida.

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".

"He got on to his bank immediately and they didn't know what to say". That Tommy Fleetwood is probably used to having large sums show up randomly in his bank account.

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The problem: It went to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood. The European Tour had his bank details as he played some Challenger Tour events years back. "The money's been repaid now - but at least he can say he won $154,480 at The Open".

The famous Fleetwood, who was likely focused on the more pressing issue of facing down the rest of the world's best golfers in the PGA Championship this weekend, seemed about as calm as someone could be about a six-figure banking mistake. It's a amusing story. But you're not that Tommy Fleetwood. "I tried to get in touch with Tommy to put his mind at rest that I wasn't planning on keeping it!"

"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.

He laughed off the incident after being asked about it following a practice round, saying: "I honestly didn't know anything about it".

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