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Tommy Fleetwood's £120,000 Open winnings sent to wrong Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood's £120,000 Open winnings sent to wrong Tommy Fleetwood

The Tommy Fleetwood who did not earn a winning share of the Open - is apparently a pro golfer in Florida and according to The Guardian was "born in 1959 - has tried to qualify for seniors events in Europe in the recent past".

For once, a pro golfer got to call a penalty on tournament officials, rather than the other way around.

If you follow golf at all you might recognize the name; British pro Tommy Fleetwood is now ranked 11th in the world and is a trendy pick for this weekend's PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis.

The blunder was noticed when a friend of the American Fleetwood - a Florida teaching pro in his 50s - revealed the windfall on Twitter.

The American Tommy Fleetwood shared a screenshot showing he had been credited $154,480 by the European Tour.

'My friend Tommy is a good guy and would always pay it back.

Caddie Fleetwood told Reuters he was trying to get in touch with the English world number 11 to put the player's mind at ease that the money would be refunded.

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"It's just something I don't really look at but I'll get on top of that!" The European Tour had his bank details as he played some Challenger Tour events years back. "The money's been repaid now - but at least he can say he won $154,480 at The Open".

Meanwhile, there are two Zach Johnsons playing at the 100th USPGA.

'I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look.

"I didn't believe him at first but then I watched him log into his account and I was like "Holy crap".

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.

Tommy Fleetwood tied for 12th at the Open Championship.