Have you ever been sent an e-mail by someone thinking you're a different person based on your name? Have you ever been confused for someone else on Twitter because they mixed you up with a name doppelganger? While we are all unique in our own little ways, many people share the same name in this walking trail known as life, and the confusion that comes from sharing the same name as someone else can sometimes lead to unexpected circumstances. Case-in-point: Tommy Fleetwood, a Florida-based golf teacher, opened up his bank account and discovered a big surprise: almost £120,000, to be exact, which equates to more than $154,000 in U.S. dollars. Why did this guy get this giant wad of cash? Because he shares the same name as English golfer Tommy Fleetwood, the man who finished 12th at Carnoustie during the European Tours last month. Whoops!
The European Tour apologized for sending the pile of money to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood. As it was reported by ESPN, even large organizations like the European Tour make mistakes, and they can be pretty costly ones too. How did this blunder occur? It's not entirely clear, and the organization is blaming it on "clerical error." They have also apologized to the athlete Tommy Fleetwood, although he does not appear to be a poor sport about it.
Now that Tommy Fleetwood, the golfer, received his money, the athlete appreciates the humor in the situation, and he admitted as much in a recent interview. Speaking to a reporter at The Guardian ahead of this week's PGA Championship, Tommy Fleetwood said the following about the mix-up.
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 are looking into it and I'm sure they'll feel pretty bad about it. It's a funny story.
Additionally, Tommy Fleetwood, the American golf teacher, doesn't appear to be angry about the whole situation either. His friend, however, certainly appreciates its sheer absurdity. Proving that the bank transaction did happen, the friend provided a snapshot of the bank statements that instantly went viral on Twitter. Here's the photo of the Tommy Fleetwood name mix-up. You've got to see it to believe it. Also, it appears that Tommy Fleetwood was a good enough guy that he reported on the money mistake. As his friend notes, there are many people out there who wouldn't go out of their way to report that error. They'd rather keep the cash.
Name mix-ups can be pretty common for some people, but they are not usually this unintentionally profitable for many people. While Tommy Fleetwood, the golf teacher, was kind enough to return the money and report the false transaction, at least he can walk away with a funny story to tell. Meanwhile, Tommy Fleetwood, the golfer, doesn't appear to be mad either. He also appreciates a funny story, and this is certainly one for the ages.