Tommy Fleetwood's £120,000 Open winnings sent to wrong Tommy Fleetwood

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2018

The money went into the account of Tommy Fleetwood, who is a pro at a Florida golf resort.

Fleetwood, the English golfer who finished 12th at Carnoustie last month, has since received his prize, but only after it appeared in the bank account of a Florida-based golf teacher of the same name. "That's when I realized that it must be for the other Tommy Fleetwood and I quickly worked out that it was his Open winnings", Thorner, a golf coach, added.

The American Fleetwood was with his friend Greg Thorner when he got a shock to see the windfall on his account statement, straight after a supermarket payment of US$14.37. The only problem? It was the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

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 USA club pro golfer of the same name.

"He called it up (on his phone) and looked at his statement, and that's when he shouted 'Holy smoke, I've just had $154,000 paid into my account.'" Thorner told The Guardian.

"My mother called me to say she's been getting lots of calls from the media".

"My friend Tommy is a good guy and would always pay it back. The money's been repaid now - but at least he can say he won $154,480 at The Open".

The more famous Tommy Fleetwood told The Telegraph he hadn't even noticed, which probably shouldn't be a surprise since he's earned more than $4 million in 2018 alone.

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

The tour have apologised to both Fleetwoods, while the better known one's wife and manager Clare was off to check their bank account.

"I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look", Fleetwood said. I know the European Tour are looking into it and I'm sure they will feel pretty bad about it.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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