October 23 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Nicholas Thompson hopes Kuala Lumpur Country Club is as good to him as it was to his sister Lexi earlier this month.
The 18-year-old LPGA star won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event two weeks ago on the East course. Nicholas will be playing the West course at Kuala Lumpur Country Club this week as he attempts to make the CIMB Classic his first PGA TOUR victory.
Should Nicholas win on Sunday, the Thompsons will be just the third brother-sister duo to win on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour. Lexi and Nicholas would join Bill Kratzert and his sister Cathy Gerring and Jim Gallagher Jr. and his sister Jackie in accomplishing the double dip.
Neither of the brother-sister duos have won in the same calendar year, though.
"It's a pretty exciting deal," Nicholas said. "Actually there's three good golfers in the family (their brother Curtis plays for LSU), and unfortunately I'm the least talented.
"But it's pretty cool. I mean, we had the opportunity in 2012 to do the same thing in Dubai, where she won at the end of 2011 and I played the beginning of 2012 and played well there. She won here two weeks ago, and I look forward to trying to bring a title home and making a great story."
Nicholas, who graduated from Georgia Tech in 2005 when his sister was 10, said he didn't start playing golf seriously until he was 11 or 12. Lexi and Curtis, who is a junior at LSU, started when they were about 4 years old -- following their eldest brother to the golf course whenever they got the opportunity.
Nicholas says the three have always been competitive.
"It's not about hitting thousands of balls," Nicholas said. "It's about playing around day in and day out good competition. I mean, between me, her and my brother, we have unbelievable matches at home. We've played a lot of golf together, and we've driven each other.
"When she needed a little help, I'd give her a little help. Otherwise, I mean, we're just all competitive people. We were kind of raised that way. I don't like losing to her. I know she doesn't like losing to me. So it just drives you harder and harder."