If you share your name with a professional golfer then it might be wise to keep an eye on your bank account.
At Carnoustie, last month English golfer Tommy Fleetwood won more than €133,000 after his 12th place finish at the British Open. A sizeable fee.
The money however ended up going to a different Tommy Fleetwood, a 58-year old man from Florida, in what the European Tour described as a clerical error.
It’s easy to see how such a mistake could be made. The American Fleetwood was once a PGA pro but he told Reuters that he was trying to get in touch with English world number 11 to put the player’s mind at ease that the money would be refunded.
“My mother called me to say she’s been getting lots of calls from the media,” said Fleetwood.
The European Tour then confirmed the error in a statement
“This was a clerical error which we are resolving and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to both parties,”
No joke, a friend received Tommy Fleetwood's Open Championship winnings in his bank account last weekend!! They have the same name and he was a PGA pro but still, how does this happen? Didn't believe him until I saw it…good thing he is an honest guy! pic.twitter.com/bE534xfYDV
— #Break30 Golf School (@GregThornerGolf) August 8, 2018
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