HeÂs in the kind of mood now that will make him very difficult to beat, and Jean Hugo made his move with a five-under-par 65 in the second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Wild Coast Sun Country Club on Thursday.
He surged into the lead at six-under for the tournament with an eagle three on the 492-metre 16th, just as playing partner Justin Harding made his second bogey in three holes to slip to one-under for his round and four-under for the tournament.
ÂThe eagle was good,Â he said. ÂI hit a four-iron to five feet, and the eagle set me up for tomorrow.Â
While overnight leader Vaughn Groenewald had yet to tee off, Hugo announced his presence at the Wild Coast in no uncertain terms just two weeks after he took his second victory in the six-tournament series at Simola.
After the opening round was made difficult for the players with strong winds throughout the day, the warm sunshine and a gentle breeze that barely caused the flags to ripple made scoring much easier.
ÂIt was easy out there, but the pins werenÂt that accessible,Â Hugo said. ÂYou had to hit good shots out there. On this course, you canÂt really attack that often. Keeping it in play is more important than trying to make a lot of birdies.Â
ÂSix-under is a good place to be,Â said Hugo, Âbut with the weather as good as it is, IÂm not sure itÂs going to hold up. IÂm pretty sure IÂm going to have to chase someone.Â
ThatÂs precisely what he did at Simola as he overturned the six-stroke deficit he had on Peter Karmis and won on the first playoff hole.
For now, heÂs in the clubhouse with the target to his name. Behind Harding, Jacques Blaauw carded a fine six-under-par 66 to move to three-under for the tournament.
Behind him, Michiel BothmaÂs five-under 65 led a group of four players on one-under for the tournament. The others in the group were Prinavin Nelson, David Hewan and Tjaart van der Walt.