Tommy Fleetwood is one of the best golfers in the world and the 27-year-old from Southport, England displayed his considerable skill during the 2018 Open Championship.
Unfortunately, the check was instead sent to another Tom Fleetwood - an American golf teacher who had previously competed in Challenger Events in Europe, and thus already had his information on file with the PGA and European Tour. Thorner said: "He called it up [on his phone] and looked at his statement, and that's when he shouted 'Holy smoke, I've just had $154,000 paid into my account'".
"This was a clerical error which we are resolving and we apologize for the inconvenience caused to both parties", the European Tour said in a statement.
In an e-mail to Golf Digest, Englishman Fleetwood's wife Clare confirmed the situation was true and that Fleetwood's managers are in the process of getting their man his money. "He said, 'No, no no.' He called the bank".
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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. And the latter Fleetwood's account is apparently where the former Fleetwood's British Open winnings were deposited.
Speaking at Bellerive ahead of the US PGA Championship, Fleetwood told Press Association Sport: "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. "The European Tour are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it".
Open Tommy Fleetwood, meanwhile, wasn't sweating the mistake. "But I'll get on top of that".