Some of the accounting confusion may be linked to the fact that the elder, less hirsute Fleetwood also was an accomplished golfer in his youth, played in tournaments in Europe and then tried to play on the European Tour's senior circuit, Golf.com reported.
The freakish situation came to light on the eve of the 100th PGA Championship, where 11th-ranked Fleetwood will try to win his first major title at Bellerive Country Club.
But there appears to have been a small mixup, as the EuroTour sent the money to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood. Thorner said: "He called it up [on his phone] and looked at his statement, and that's when he shouted 'Holy smoke, I've just had $154,000 paid into my account'".
Fleetwood's payout was reportedly deposited into the Wells Fargo bank account of a man with the same name, according to a screencap tweeted by golf school owner Greg Thorner, apparently a friend of the other Fleetwood.
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. That would explain why the accounts department had his bank account information.
"At least, he can always say he won $150,000 at the Open".
"This was a clerical error which we are resolving and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to both parties", the European Tour said in a statement.
The European Tour issued an apology to the rightful Fleetwood and restored the payment of £119,971.
"I honestly didn't know anything about it", the Fleetwood who had actually competed at The Open told The Guardian. They [the European Tour] are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it. It's a amusing story.