Tommy Fleetwood's £120K British Open Winnings Sent to Golf Teacher of Same Name

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2018

Tommy Fleetwood, of England, responds to a question during a news conference at the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Good news for anyone sharing the name of a golfing professional: You are just one clerical error away from a significant payday. 

According to ESPN.com, the European Tour sent the nearly £120,000 that Tommy Fleetwood won for finishing in 12th place at the Open Championship to a golf teacher in Florida who goes by the same name.

A friend of the golf teacher shared the image of the money appearing in his account on Twitter:

"I honestly didn't know anything about it," Fleetwood said of his missing prize money, per the Guardian. "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."

Fortunately for the professional golfer, the European Tour fixed the mistake it deemed a "clerical error."

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