Tommy Fleetwood British Open payout: Wrong Fleetwood gets $154K

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

It was not paid, however, to the Tommy Fleetwood who played in the championship and finished equal 12th at Carnoustie.

In a statement, the European Tour called it a "clerical error". Well not the world No11 anyway.

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

He tweeted a screenshot of his online banking profile which revealed the six-figure wedged in between a supermarket payment of $14.37 and a service fee of $16.

"I didn't believe him at first but then I watched him log into his account". "I emailed them back and I said, 'Well, I plan on sending it back, but you've got to excuse me that I'm not going to send it to this thing you're sending me randomly in email. At least, he can always say he won $150,000 at the Open", Thorner joked. And the latter Fleetwood's account is apparently where the former Fleetwood's British Open winnings were deposited.

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"I honestly didn't know anything about it", the Fleetwood who had actually competed at The Open told The Guardian.

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

Open organizers pay out their prize money in dollars, but the European Tour distributes it using details in their database.

'I've had a good run of putting myself in contention in a lot of the big events, and it just so far hasn't happened, ' Fleetwood said. "The European Tour are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it".

"We didn't know about the mix up", Fleetwood's wife, Clare, who is also his agent, told ESPN by email.

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