British Open sends the wrong Tommy Fleetwood large sum of prize money

Annette Crawford
August 10, 2018

A surprised Tommy Fleetwood saw the amusing side after finding out his Open Championship prize money was mistakenly paid into the bank account of someone who shares the same name.

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.

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".

Fleetwood finished in a tie for 12th at Carnoustie, but his namesake cashed in as he was mistakenly sent the money, his friend Greg Thorner was with him when he discovered that his account had been credited. The only problem? It was the wrong Tommy Fleetwood. He's in his fifties now but played some Challenge Tour events on the European Tour back in the day, and they must still have his details on file.


I only wish there was a golfer called Ryan Sidle so I could accidentally get paid, not sure I'd be so forward with the truth- after all there's a chance he wouldn't notice!

He laughed off the incident after being asked about it following a practice round, saying: "I honestly didn't know anything about it". I wouldn't even know if I'd been paid or not because I don't really look.

It took me about an hour to get that sorted out, and I have plenty more stories like that.

His wife and manager, Clare Fleetwood, has received an apology from the European Tour and is trying to establish if the funds have been transfered to the proper account. He was not positive it was the same amount that Tommy won at the Open but we checked and it was.

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