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

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

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".

That's exactly what happened to Tommy Fleetwood after the European Tour sent him the prize money for his 12th place finish at the 147th Open Championship last month.

If you follow golf at all you might recognize the name; British pro Tommy Fleetwood is now ranked 11th in the world and is a trendy pick for this weekend's PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis.

"I honestly didn't know anything about it", Fleetwood said.

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"I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look", Fleetwood said. It looks pretty genuine and they are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it. The organisers apologised for the mistake and have made efforts to transfer the money to the correct account.

'It's a amusing story.

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.

"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!'" He was not positive it was the same amount that Tommy won at the Open, but we checked and it was.

"He immediately contacted the bank and told them you've put money into my account that's not mine and unfortunately the money has already been taken out". "He said, 'No, no no.' He called the bank".

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