“I’ve played well on this series and it’s always nice to contend, so we’ll see what happens. It will take a very good round for the other guys to catch me, so I’ll just have to do my own thing. All you can worry about is your own game and play the course in front of you,” he said.
The 39-year-old shot 69 for the second round and was eight-under-par ahead of a cut to the leading 40 players and those tied on the number. Chasing him down were Adilson da Silva and Erik van Rooyen, both of whom were second on four-under-par.
“You watch the scoreboard and see what the general idea is,” said Hugo. “You try to see if the guys are struggling or going forward. I knuckled down on the back nine and knew it would be tough in the breeze.
“I would have taken 69 this morning, so I’m satisfied. I played the difficult holes well and I think that’s the key – no big numbers and you’ll be fine. I’ll have to concentrate a bit harder tomorrow, but a four-shot lead is good.”
The Peter Matkovich-designed course has plenty of water hazards and keeping the ball in play is crucial. Hugo kept his cool and watched the leaderboards for signs of danger as he carved out his lead.
“They’ve got spectacular holes here, some really good par threes. I tried to attack today and it wasn’t that easy, but I played well after I made a birdie at the fourth, which is a tough par three.
“A lot of the holes are risk and reward, so you have to pick your shots and see what you’re up to each time. I was happy to birdie 18, it’s always nice to finish like that,” he said.
The 16-time Sunshine Tour winner is accustomed to leading and has given himself a firm chance to win for the 10th time on the Vodacom Origins of Golf series.
Van Rooyen co-led on eight-under after his first nine, but suffered a two-shot penalty after moving a signage board and it set him off course.
Da Silva is arguably the most consistent golfer on the Sunshine Tour and on Friday he shot 67, the low round of a day in which only six players managed to break 70.