Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

American club professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood paid $154,000 prize money in error

American club professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood paid $154,000 prize money in error

For most of us the moment that our pay drops into our account at the end of the month is a moment of a lot of celebration. That Tommy Fleetwood is probably used to having large sums show up randomly in his bank account.

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".

The real Tommy Fleetwood prepares for the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, after his Open Championship prizemoney was paid to the wrong person.

The European Tour has apologized to United Kingdom golfer Tommy Fleetwood after committing something of a bogey by paying his $150,000 earnings from the British Open to a US PGA club professional of the same name.

He laughed off the incident after being asked about it following a practice round, saying: "I honestly didn't know anything about it". "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 £154,000 paid into my account!'"

'It's a amusing story.


Fleetwood has four European Tour titles to his name, and finished second at the US Open in June.

Fleetwood playing at the Open.

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.

Friend of the Tommy who was accidentally paid, Greg Thorner, told the Press Association, "He played a few European events so the European Tour obviously had some information on him and it must have got mixed up. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out whose money it really was".

Upon discovering the temporary windfall, the current caddy called his bank the query the transaction.

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