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The Greatest Golf Siblings of Today

Moriya Jutanugarn (left) played with her more famous younger sister, Ariya, at last week's Blue Bay LPGA event in China.
Have the Jutanugarn sisters become the most impressive set of golf siblings today?

Ariya Jutanugarn needs no introduction as a former World No. 1 but it's her older sister who's starting to steal some of her limelight.

Moriya Jutanugarn's 2017 LPGA Tour season earnings have ballooned past US$1.3 million off the back of 11 top-10 finishes including a runner-up finish behind new World No. 1 Shanshan Feng at last week's Blue Bay LPGA event in China. But Moriya, 23, is still searching for her breakthrough win on the world's richest women's circuit.

So where do the Jutanugarns rank as a golfing duo amongst other active sibling competitors? 

Here's a list (in alphabetical order) of 10 other sibling golfers to help you answer that question:

 

1. The Cabrera-Bellos

Rafa Cabrero-Bello is well known to European golf fans having made his Ryder Cup debut in 2016 and picking up his third European Tour title in a playoff at the 2017 Scottish Open

Only dedicated fans will know the story of his younger sister, Emma, who has made more than 100 tournament appearances on the Ladies European Tour.

Emma Cabrera Bello, younger sister of Ryder Cup player, Rafa, competes at the 2017 Gary Player Invitational in England.

2. The Hendersons

Brooke Henderson is one of the biggest stars in women's golf - a major champion who has been as high as the No. 2 ranked player in the world. Her older sister, Brittany, has held a front row seat to much of her success - including her 2016 Women's PGA win - as Brooke's trusted caddie.

But before Brittany took up her regular posting as an LPGA Tour looper, she competed professionally on the Canadian Women's Tour with limited success.

3. The Kangs

Danielle Kang fulfilled her potential as a two-time US Women's Amateur champion by winning her first professional event and major championship at the same time at the 2017 Women's PGA. Kang held off fast finishing defending champion Brooke Henderson to win by one shot.

Kang's older brother, Alex, is no slouch with golf club in hand. The 27-year-old turned pro in 2012 and plays on the Web.com Tour, where he finished the 2017 season in 85th position on the money list.

4. THE KOEPKAS

The Koepka brothers moved up the pecking order of contemporary golf's greatest siblings earlier this month with lesser-known brother Chase graduating to the European Tour after finishing the Challenge Tour season in 9th place on the Road to Oman standings.

Chase, 23, is the younger brother of reigning US Open champion, Brooks Koepka, and is no stranger to the global golf spotlight. He teamed up with his big brother at this year's inaugural PGA Tour teams event - the Zurich Classic of New Orleans - and combined for final round 62 to finish T5th.

Chase Koepka at the European Challenge Tour season final in Morocco earlier this month.

5. The The Kordas

Jessica Korda rose to prominence by surviving a six-way playoff at the 2012 Women's Australian Open at Royal Melbourne. The 24-year-old is a four-time LPGA Tour winner and, since the start of the 2017 season, has enjoyed the company of her younger sister, Nelly, on tour.

Nelly finished T5th in her LPGA Tour debut in the Bahamas and three more top-10s for 2017 have made her one of the most promising rookies in the game.

6. The Lees

Minjee Lee appeared destined for the highest levels of the women's game well before she turned pro in 2014. She won the Victorian Open as an amateur in February 2014 and had three LPGA Tour titles to her name before her 21st birthday.

But her younger brother, Min Woo Lee, is touted by many as a future star of the men's game. Min Woo won the prestigious US Junior Amateur in 2016 and was runner-up at the 2017 Australian Amateur at Yarra Yarra. Min Woo and Minjee even got the chance to play at the same professional event at the 2017 Vic Open

Min Woo Lee at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in New Zealand.

7. The Maguires  

Irish identical twin sisters, Leona and Lisa Maguire, are biding their time before they start screaming, "show me the money". Leona, 22, has spent more than two years as the world's No.1 ranked amateur and isn't planning on turning pro until mid-2018. Lisa is her US collegiate golf teammate at Duke University though her record is less impressive and her turning pro appears far from a foregone conclusion. They've been teammates together on Curtis Cup and Junior Solheim Cup teams and Lisa even caddied for Leona at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Leona turned her back on playing for an LPGA Tour card at the 2017 Final Stage of LPGA Q-School. Why? So she could focus on her study. Just getting to Final Stage guaranteed Leona playing rights on the 2018 Symetra Tour and once she graduates from Duke in early 2018, she'll tackle the US secondary tour with hopes of advancing straight to the big time.

Leona (right) with caddie and twin sister, Lisa, representing Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

8. The Molinaris

Brothers Francesco, 35, and Eduardo, 36, are arguably the most prominent golf siblings of today having developed into household names to astute fan of European golf. Francesco has won four times on the European Tour - highlighted by his 2010 WGC title in China - and Eduardo won his third European Tour title and ended a winless drought of almost seven years at the 2017 Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

They won the World Cup of Golf together in China in 2009 and both starred in Europe's 2010 Ryder Cup success in Wales. Francesco also played in Europe's stunning 2012 Ryder Cup comeback victory at Medinah in the US.

Francesco (left) after his 2016 Italian Open win and older brother, Edoardo, following his 2017 Trophee Hassan II victory.

9. The Thompsons

No women's player has made more headlines in 2017 than Lexi Thompson. The well-documented four-shot penalty at the 2017 ANA Inspiration cost her a second major championship win and went a long way to overshadowing her success at the same event as a 19-year-old. But it is safe to say, with her talent, Lexi will contend at many more majors in the years to come.

The same probably can't be said about her older brother, Nicholas, though the 34-year-old has - by general standards - had a very successful career since turning pro in 2005. His career earnings in the US exceed US$6.5 million having spent more than a decade bouncing between the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. His best season to date came on the PGA Tour in 2008 when he recorded six top-10s and earned almost US$1.9 million for the year.

Lexi Thompson as a 13-year-old amateur with her brother, Nicholas, during practice at the 2008 US Women's Open.

10. The Villegas'

Camilo Villegas might be better known for his 'Spiderman' green-reading technique than he is for his four PGA Tour wins. The Colombian shot to fame in 2008 by winning two FedEx Cup Playoffs events including the Tour Championship. He's also won on the Japan Tour, played on the 2009 Presidents Cup team and remains on the PGA Tour today as a 35-year-old. Camillo's first win in a pro event came in 2001 when he won his native Colombian Open. 

Seven years later, Camilo's younger brother, Manuel, won the Colombian Open in his pro debut. At the 2011 World Cup of Golf, 'Manny' and Camilo played together though failed to contend. Manny has played 66 events on the Web.com Tour though has never finished inside the top 50 on a season's money list.

Camilo Villegas (left) and younger brother, Manuel, during an exhibition match in their native Colombia in 2009.

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