Open Championship Accidentally Pay The Wrong Tommy Fleetwood
For most of us the moment that our pay drops into our account at the end of the month is a moment of a lot of celebration. For Tommy Fleetwood he barely even noticed he hadn't been paid.
Golf is a game where you attempt to play as little of that game as is humanly possible. It's an old piece of information but it never stops to put a smile on my face.
It's golfers who get the last laugh though, or at least the professional ones, as they try to play less golf and get paid a hell of a lot of money for doing it.
For one weekend's work England's Tommy Fleetwood earned himself £120,000 for being tied 12th at the Open in Carnoustie last month. It would take me over five years to earn that, and that's if I was the best at my job, never mind joint 12th- rubbish Tommy.
However it seems that the world's 11th best player, according to the rankings, wasn't the Tommy Fleetwood who was paid and instead it was a club professional based in Florida who has played in the European Senior Tour four times.
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 Short Game School (@GregThornerGolf) August 8, 2018
The real Fleetwood is now playing in the last major of the season, the US PGA Championship, and told reporters at the event that he hadn't even realised that he hadn't been paid, saying:
"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.
"It looks pretty genuine and they (the European Tour) are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it. It's a funny story.
"It's just something I don't really look at, but I'll get on top of that!"
Tommy lad, it's £120k, you should probably notice if that doesn't go into your account!
Friend of the Tommy who was accidentally paid, Greg Thorner, told the Press Association, "He played a few European events so the European Tour obviously had some information on him and it must have got mixed up.
"I didn't believe him at first, but then I watched him log into his account and I was like 'Holy crap'. He was not positive it was the same amount that Tommy won at the Open, but we checked and it was.
"He immediately contacted the bank and told them you've put money into my account that's not mine and unfortunately the money has already been taken out."
I only wish there was a golfer called Ryan Sidle so I could accidentally get paid, not sure I'd be so forward with the truth- after all there's a chance he wouldn't notice!