SAN DIEGO – In the ongoing sibling rivalry between Lexi and Nicholas Thompson, Thursday’s bout easily went to the older brother.
Nicholas scorched the North Course at Torrey Pines on his way to an 8-under 64 for a commanding early lead at the Farmers Insurance Open; while Lexi was tied for 65th at the weather-delayed Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at even par through seven holes.
In Lexi’s defense, she holds a commanding lifetime lead among her siblings following last year’s victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, while Nicholas is still searching for his first victory on the PGA Tour.
But Thursday’s round was a good start.
It’s even more encouraging considering Thompson’s pedestrian history on the North Course at Torrey Pines, the easier of the two layouts used for this week’s event.
“Between the two golf courses, the North Course has been my nemesis in relation to the field,” said Thompson, who estimated his best score on the North was a 67 his rookie year in 2006. “There were a couple of shots out there that I didn’t really care for, and I got over it and hit really good golf shots.”
Thompson got off to a quick start with an eagle at the par-5 opening hole followed by a birdie at No. 2. He turned at 4 under par and rebounded from his lone bogey at the 12th hole with three consecutive birdies starting at No. 13.