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If Tommy Fleetwood is wondering why he hasn’t received his money for finishing in a tie for 12th at the Open last month, it’s because Tommy Fleetwood has it.

Confused? Don’t be.

World No.11 Fleetwood earned $154,500 for his impressive performance at Carnoustie. However, instead of paying it into his account, the European Tour – which handles the distribution of prize money for its members – put it into the account of 58-year-old Florida golf professional Thomas Fleetwood instead.

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The other Tommy is on the European Tour’s books having previously attempted to qualify for the Staysure Tour.

He had been with fellow teaching pro Greg Thorner when he noticed the surprise payment into his account. Thorner then shared a screenshot of it on social media.

“I honestly didn’t know anything about it,” said the English Fleetwood on the eve of this week’s US PGA Championship at Bellerive. “I wouldn’t even know if I’d been paid or not because I don’t really look. It looks pretty genuine and they are looking into it and I’m sure they’ll feel pretty bad about it. It’s a funny story.”

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In a statement, the European Tour said: “This was a clerical error which we are resolving and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to both parties.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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