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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

And the latter Fleetwood's account is apparently where the former Fleetwood's British Open winnings were deposited.

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.

Instead, it was sent to a 58-year-old by the same name who caddies at the Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Florida.

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

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

The much older Fleetwood has also been a pro golfer - he's now attempting to get onto the senior tour.




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.

"I didn't know at first where the money came from because it just appeared as a wire transfer", the Orlando golfer told USA Today. "The money's been repaid now - but at least he can say he won $154,480 at The Open".

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

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.

"I tried to get on their senior tour, so they have my (bank) information", he said.

"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!'"


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