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

Fleetwood won £120,000 for finishing joint 12th at The Open

After his 12th place finish at The Open last month, Tommy Fleetwood was transferred the €133,000 or so prize money during the week.

The mix-up was revealed by the American Fleetwood's friend Greg Thorner, a teaching pro from Tampa, who said: 'I was with him when he looked at his statement and shouted: 'Holy smoke, I've just had $154,000 paid into my account'.

Golf Digest have confirmed that this situation, is, in fact, true and to his vast credit, Fleetwood is laughing the whole thing off.

The European Tour has apologised after a "clerical error" led to a 58-year-old golf professional in Florida called Thomas Fleetwood receiving the payment into his bank account, instead of the Southport-born world number 11.

It's just something I don't really look at but I'll get on top of it'.

Fleetwood returned the money and it went to the British Open finisher.

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"I think what happened was that he played some Challenge Tour events on the European Tour back in the day and they must still have his details on file".

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.

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

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.

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.

The more famous Tommy Fleetwood told The Telegraph he hadn't even noticed, which probably shouldn't be a surprise since he's earned more than $4 million in 2018 alone.

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