"This was a clerical error which we are resolving and we apologize for the inconvenience caused to both parties", the European Tour said in a statement. While he's made over $3 million for his play so far this year, his last check had a bit of trouble making its way to his bank account.
Speaking at Bellerive ahead of the US PGA Championship, Tommy Fleetwood said: "I honestly didn't know anything about it".
But for an instant this month, Thomas the elder enjoyed the fortune if not the fame of Tommy the younger, whose Open winnings showed up in the elder's bank account by mistake. "I tried to get on their senior tour, so they have my [bank] information".
One of the Florida pro's friends posted a picture of Fleetwood's account to Twitter on Wednesday. It looks pretty genuine and they are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it. "The money's been repaid now - but at least he can say he won $154,480 at The Open".
Thomas Fleetwood, 58, of Clermont, Fla., received the surprise of a lifetime Saturday when he noticed a transfer from the European Tour for $154,480 in his bank account. It's a amusing story. That said, should his winnings ever go missing again in the future, Fleetwood will know the first place to look.
Speaking in St Louis ahead of this week's PGA Championship, world No. 11 Fleetwood said he didn't mind the mistake and saw the amusing side of the mix-up.
"I think what happened was that he played some Challenge Tour events on the European Tour back in the day and they must still have his details on file".
In that case, he probably won't mind if non-Open Tommy Fleetwood just holds onto the cash.