The Sunshine Tour veteran is a recent addition to the field for the first tournament sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, the Asian Tour and The European Tour which tees off at the Heritage Club on the Indian Ocean island on May 7.
Hugo is the player of whom four-time major champion Ernie Els said, “He has more talent in his little finger than I have in my whole body.” And 15 Sunshine Tour titles, together with a staggering 72 top-10 finishes go a long way towards backing up that.
“I’m really looking forward to making my first trip to Mauritius,” said Hugo. “And I think it’s exciting that I get to play in a tournament that is the first of its kind – it’s a big step to pool the resources of three major tours.”
Hugo has had a quiet start to the 20155 Sunshine Tour season, with just a single top-10 finish with his share of ninth in the Dimension Data Pro-Am to begin a follow up to his most successful year – financially speaking – on the Order of Merit, during which he earned more than R1.5-million of his career total of more than R8.5-million.
But if there is one thing on which you can rely in golf, it is that Hugo’s easy swing, his precision iron-play and his ability to sink clutch putts will put him into contention and return him to the kind of form which once saw him outduel soon-to-be Masters champion Charl Schwartzel with an eye-popping 10-under 62 in the final round of a 2010 tournament on The Els Club Copperleaf, the longest course ever played by The European Tour.
Hugo will be staying in one of the villas on the course at Heritage after he completes his week at the Zambia Sugar Open, which will give him a little taste of the lifestyle which would await him should he make eagle on the 17th during the tournament.
Villas Valriche, has offered a US$1-million Villa for the first professional golfer who shoots an eagle on the par-four 423-metre 17th hole, on the final day of the tournament. In addition, Jaguar, the official vehicle sponsor has on offer an all new Jaguar XE R-Sport, for an albatross scored on the Saturday and Sunday schedule of play. The Heritage Resorts have also offered a five-night stay in a double room at the Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort, on a half board basis for every hole in one scored on the par-three 164-metre 15th hole.
Sponsors for the event include the AfrAsia Bank, Rogers, Heritage Resorts, Heritage Golf Club, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Air Mauritius, Anahita, Villas Valriche, and Jaguar.