Imagine checking your bank account and seeing an extra thousand dollars or so mysteriously deposited overnight. That 3-under finish earned him a $154,500 prize, but something clearly went wrong with the delivery.
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.
The blunder was noticed when a friend of the American Fleetwood - a Florida teaching pro in his 50s - revealed the windfall on Twitter. "He said, 'No, no no.' He called the bank".
Fleetwood finished with a share of 12th place at Carnoustie, and officials confirmed there had been a "clerical error". 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.
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Fleetwood, who is also a caddie, told Reuters he had been trying to get in touch with the 27-year-old Englishman.
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.
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.
The American Tommy Fleetwood shared a screenshot showing he had been credited $154,480 by the European Tour.
It's just something I don't really look at but I'll get on top of it'.