Curtis Thompson may always be Nick and Lexi Thompson's brother, but he might not be "Nick and Lexi's brother" in conversation much longer.
Curtis Thompson understands that after her impressive victory last April in the Kraft Nabisco Championship -- becoming the second-youngest woman to win a major -- his 19-year-old sister Lexi might have a bit more of the spotlight than a guy who announced three months later he was leaving LSU to pursue a professional career.
"I'm used to it, for now," Curtis Thompson said of having a famous pair of siblings. "That's just the way it's been for a while."
But based on the way he handled himself on the Cobra Puma Golf range Tuesday at the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Center, it might not be that long before the roles are reversed. Curtis Thompson teed up five balls in a driving exhibition against his long-hitting sister, and wound up winning with a longest drive of 316 yards. Lexi's longest was 285.
Attendees then had the opportunity to see if they could exceed either drive, with the first one to do so winning a new Cobra Fly-Z driver.
It was Curtis' first time at a public Cobra Puma event, but he signed autographs and posed for photos with fans like he had been doing it all his life. The Coral Springs, Fla., native hopes to make it a habit.
And as far as outdriving his sister?
"Well, I do have an advantage," Curtis Thompson said.
With that kind of power -- and winning genetics -- it might not be long before Curtis Thompson can place a trophy or two on the family mantle as somebody more than "Nick and Lexi's brother."