Why are people so honest these days? Take the money and run, other Tommy Fleetwood! Obviously, you’re more than likely to get caught, but it’s worth a shot, no? Withdraw that cash, close up that account, and drop some stacks like a top-15 player in the world. There’s so much cash being exchanged on the PGA and European Tours that I feel like they would just write the real Tommy Fleetwood another check for a $150k. It’s not really that much money when we’re talking about the British Open.
The details of this story are actually pretty funny. Just imagine getting that notification on your phone showing a $154,000 deposit into your account for no reason. Must’ve been such a rush.
NY Post – The blunder was noticed when a friend of the American Fleetwood — a Florida teaching pro in his 50s — revealed the windfall on Twitter.
“Tommy is club pro at the Streamsong Resort in Central Florida and I was with him when he received a notification on his phone and he shouted, ‘Holy smoke, I’ve just had $154,480 paid into my account,’” Greg Thorner said. “He got on to his bank immediately and that’s when I realized it must be the other Tommy Fleetwood and worked out it was his Open winnings.
So this guy is actually a real golf pro, which makes it more reasonable that a blunder like this could happen. He played in some Euro Tour events back in the day, so there are double the Tommy Fleetwood’s in the direct deposit system.
“My friend Tommy is a good guy and would always pay it back. 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. The money’s been repaid now — but at least he can say he won $154,480 at The Open.”
It’s pretty interesting to actually see the tour winnings getting deposited. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for some bigger name guys who are getting crazy high checks put into their account after every weekend. Just one morning you wake up with another million in your Wells Fargo checking account. What a life.