Tommy Fleetwood's £120,000 Open winnings sent to wrong Tommy Fleetwood

Tommy Fleetwood is in good form ahead of this week's PGA Championship. David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images

The European Tour have apologised after Tommy Fleetwood's Open winnings of almost £120,000 were sent to the wrong Tommy Fleetwood.

Fleetwood, the English golfer who finished 12th at Carnoustie last month, has since received his prize, but only after it appeared in the bank account of a Florida-based golf teacher of the same name.

The American was shocked to discover the deposit of £119,971 ($154,480) sitting above a $14 Walmart transaction when he checked his mobile banking.

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 funny side of the mix-up.

"I honestly didn't know anything about it," Fleetwood told the Guardian. "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."

It is believed the European Tour, who along with the PGA Tour are in charge of sending out prize money to the players, already had the former pro's bank account details because he had competed in Challenger Events in Europe decades ago.

The American was with a friend when he discovered the error, and the story immediately appeared on Twitter.

The European Tour have blamed the mistake on a "clerical error" and have apologised to the inconvenience caused to both parties.

"We didn't know about the mix up," Fleetwood's wife, Clare, who is also his agent, told ESPN by email. "The money was due in his account last Monday and his accountant had been chasing it so we knew it had gone somewhere."

She said it has been rectified.

ESPN's Darren Rovell contributed to this report.