Tommy Fleetwood British Open payout: Wrong Fleetwood gets $154K

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

The European Tour has apologised to Tommy Fleetwood after his Open earnings of more than £120,000 were paid to a PGA club pro bearing the same name because of "a clerical error".

Tommy Fleetwood is one of the best golfers in the world and the 27-year-old from Southport, England displayed his considerable skill during the 2018 Open Championship.

Per The Guardian, the other Tommy Fleetwood - who was born in 1959 - played a few Challenge Tour events and his friend Greg Thorner thinks they must have had his information in the system.

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

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 U.S. club pro golfer of the same name.

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

'My friend Tommy is a good guy and would always pay it back.

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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. "At least, he can always say he won $150,000 at the Open", Thorner joked.

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. It looks pretty genuine and they are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it.

'It's a amusing story.

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

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

Fleetwood's wife and manager, Clare, admitted they did not know it had been paid into the wrong account until they were told about Thorner's tweet.

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