Wrong Tommy Fleetwood gets paid over US$150000 for Open Championship

Fleetwood won £120,000 for finishing joint 12th at The Open

Fleetwood won £120,000 for finishing joint 12th 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.

One of the Florida pro's friends posted a picture of Fleetwood's account to Twitter on Wednesday. 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.

It is believed the European Tour, who along with the PGA Tour are in charge of sending out prize money to the players, already had the former pro's bank account details because he had competed in Challenger Events in Europe decades ago.

But it was not paid to the Tommy Fleetwood who played in the championship and finished equal 12th at Carnoustie.

"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, '" Greg Thorner - the poster of the screenshot - said, per The Guardian.

The problem: It went to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

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"He got on to his bank immediately and they didn't know what to say".

The elder Fleetwood is now reportedly in the process of returning the money to the World No. 11 Fleetwood, but at least he can now probably say he's received more money as a pro than any of his colleagues.

Fleetwood - the English one - said: "I didn't know anything about it".

Fleetwood, who begins his PGA Championship bid at Bellerive on Thursday, said: "It looks pretty genuine".

It may have been easy to miss for the more accomplished Fleetwood, whose career earnings are listed at $20.32 million on the European Tour's website. He was not positive it was the same amount that Tommy won at the Open but we checked and it was.

"It's just something I don't really look at but I'll get on top of that".

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