TOMMY FLEETWOOD’S Open prize money of £120,000 was paid into the bank account of an American namesake!
The blunder was only noticed when a pal of the American Fleetwood — a Florida teaching pro in his 50s — revealed the windfall on Twitter.
Getty Images Tommy Fleetwood’s Open prize money was paid to the wrong person
Greg Thorner said: “Tommy is club pro at the Streamsong Resort in Central Florida and I was with him when he received a notification on his phone and he shouted ‘Holy smoke, I’ve just had $154,480 paid into my account’.
“He got on to his bank immediately and that’s when I realised it must be the other Tommy Fleetwood and worked out it was his Open winnings.
“My friend Tommy is a good guy and would always pay it back.
“I think what happened was that he played some Challenge Tour events on the European Tour back in the day and they must still have his details.
Thomas Fleetwood Facebook An American teacher going by the same name received the unexpected windfall
Twitter The error only came to light after the American Fleetwood’s friend announced it on Twitter
“The money’s been repaid now — but at least he can say he won $154,480 at The Open.”
Open organisers pay out their prize money in dollars, but the European Tour distribute it using details on their database.
Fleetwood finished in a share of 12th place at Carnoustie and officials confirmed there had been a “clerical error”.
The Southport star’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.