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Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Rare Brother-Sister Double

Okay... to the best of my knowledge it's not just rare, it's non-existent. No brother and sister have won tournaments on the exact same day. But that may not be the story by tonight. And the story may have slipped under your radar if you've been totally focused on the Open Championship.

Start with one popular up-and-coming young player -- in this case, US teen sensation Lexi Thompson. Lexi has an LPGA win, an LET win, and a win on a men's mini-tour (the Fuzion Minor League Golf Tour, in case you're interested). She's playing at the LPGA's Marathon Classic this weekend and she goes into the third round T3, 3 strokes behind co-leaders Beatriz Recari and Paula Creamer. If you've seen her play, you know she's got the firepower to make up the distance; all she needs is a few putts to drop.

Lexi has a brother named Nicolas who has a single win on the Tour. He's playing at the Sanderson Farms Championship -- the full-field alternate PGA Tour event -- and he's tied for the lead. And if you haven't seen him play before, he's fun to watch. His swing has a wild loop at the top... and I don't think he knows how to swing at less than 110%. He was quite literally flagging it all day Saturday.

Now, let your mind wander for a moment... as the Open Championship winds down, what if both of these players should happen to win their respective events?

Remember these faces...


Most commentators I heard Saturday said that whoever wins the Open today will change the face of golf. Lexi and Nick probably won't change the face of golf if they both win... but they certainly could make some cool history of their own before the day is done.

And best of all, the Open will be over by the time these tournaments are broadcast on GC, so you can watch to see if it happens!

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