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European Tour Pay Wrong Tommy Fleetwood €133k Open Prize Money

European Tour Pay Wrong Tommy Fleetwood €133k Open Prize Money

Fleetwood finished with a share of 12th place at Carnoustie, and officials confirmed there had been a "clerical error".

However it seems that the world's 11th best player, according to the rankings, wasn't the Tommy Fleetwood who was paid and instead it was a club professional based in Florida who has played in the European Senior Tour four times.

Greg Thorner, who posted the screenshot of his friend's bank account, told Press Association Sport: "He played a few European events so the European Tour obviously had some information on him and it must have got mixed up". "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 jut had £154,000 paid into my account!'"

The Fleetwood who did get the money is an Orlando-area golfing pro.

United Kingdom golfer Fleetwood has won a cool $9 million in prize money in the past two years - meaning he may have been forgiven for not noticing the oversight immediately. "He got on to his bank immediately and that's when I realized it must be the other Tommy Fleetwood and worked out it was his Open winnings".

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"Back in '89 I played a tournament, I can't remember if it was the European or Challenge tour", Thomas said.

Open Tommy Fleetwood, meanwhile, wasn't sweating the mistake.

'I've had a good run of putting myself in contention in a lot of the big events, and it just so far hasn't happened, ' Fleetwood said. They [the European Tour] are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it.

"I honestly didn't know anything about it", Fleetwood said.

"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.


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