The Wrong Fleetwood Discovers Open Prize Money of $154,480 in Bank Account


World No. 11 Tommy Fleetwood of England finished in a tie for 12th in the Open Championship. PGA pro Thomas Fleetwood of Florida got the prize money of $154,480 dumped into his bank account.

“It was an honest mistake,” the Florida Fleetwood told BBC Sport. “I tried to get on their senior tour, so they have my [bank]information.”

The 58-year-old Fleetwood has been trying to reach the 27-year-old Fleetwood, according to media reports. Meanwhile, the European Tour called it a clerical error. What else could they say?

The younger Fleetwood who is currently playing in the PGA Championship took the news in stride. “It’s a funny story,” he said.

Greg Thorner, a friend of the other Fleetwood, said on Twitter, “Didn’t believe him until I saw it…good thing he is an honest guy!”

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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