Cool Jean eagles final hole to take round two Pretoria lead

Jean Hugo finished his second round with a flourish in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Pretoria Country Club as he eagled the 470-metre ninth to take a two-stroke lead into the clubhouse.

He carded a superb six-under-par 66 for a six-under total of 138 to lead Attie Schartzel by two after the morning field completed its round on the 6,459-metre Pretoria Country Club course.

Schwartzel, the brother of Masters champion Charl, warded off a shaky start – he bogeyed three of his first six holes before picking up four birdies to card a one-under 71 and keep himself in contention.

Hugo took full advantage of the four par-fives on the course, playing them four-under for the day, and the eagle the cherry on the top of a good round.

“It was about 30 feet, that putt for eagle on nine,” he said. “It was a big slider from left to right – but rather those than the little ones.”

He started his round on the 10th and dropped a shot immediately for an inauspicious start. But he birdied the 12th, the first of the par fives, and made no mistakes for the rest of the round.

“The par-fives are on-for-two holes, every hole, basically, so I had a lot of eagle putts,” he said. “It’s good to hang in there. It’s a tough course and the greens are really quick so I’m quite delighted with 66.”

First round leader Allan Versfeld went one-over for a 73 in his second round to trail Schwartzel by one, while Johan du Buisson and Vaughn Groenewald were a further shot back on two-under for the tournament.

Schwartzel credited a new steadiness in his game for the position in which he finds himself, contending going into the final round.

“I also changed by putting grip to cross-hand,” he said, “and that’s made a difference. I had 26 putts yesterday, and I don’t know yet what I had today, but it felt better.”

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