European Tour Sends Wrong Tommy Fleetwood British Open Prize Money

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 10, 2018

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".

Imagine waking up to $150,000 being deposited in your bank account and having no idea why you were suddenly a little heavier in the wallet.

The blunder was noticed when a friend of the American Fleetwood - a Florida teaching pro in his 50s - revealed the windfall on Twitter. The only problem? It was the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

The Florida pro told USA Today he played one European Tour event in 1989 but the mix-up was likely cause he recently applied for a European senior event.

Fleetwood returned the money and it went to the British Open finisher.

Tommy Fleetwood didn't finish first in this year's British Open but it still should have been a good payday finishing at No. 12.

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"He called it up and looked at his statement, and that's when he shouted 'Holy smoke, I've just had $154,000 paid into my account, '" Greg Thorner - the poster of the screenshot - said, per The Guardian. "He said, 'No, no no.' He called the bank". "The money's been repaid now - but at least he can say he won $154,480 at The Open".

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 honestly didn't know anything about it".

Fleetwood has four European Tour titles to his name, and finished second at the US Open in June. I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look. They [the European Tour] are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it.

It took me about an hour to get that sorted out, and I have plenty more stories like that.

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