“If I look back at 10 years there are a lot of memories and you learn from these things. It wasn’t a simple win today and I’m glad it turned out well for me. It doesn’t get easier as time goes by,” he said.
“It was a struggle out there today and the guys didn’t let up. The groups in front of us were playing well and we knew what to do, and managed to do it, but only just,” he added.
The 39-year-old was appropriately dressed in ‘Tiger colours’ for the final 18 holes and closed out the week on six-under-par, one shot clear of Derick Petersen and Peter Karmis.
“I could see what score would win and really needed a birdie,” said Hugo. “With four holes to go I decided to do something and not leave it until 18. The third shot on 17 set up a birdie for me and I took a one-shot lead down the last hole.
“You try to play the shots that you can and eliminate the mistakes. I don’t shoot 62s anymore, because I’m more conservative on the course. I’d rather walk away than try a shot that doesn’t come off.”
Since 2006 Hugo has been winning on the Vodacom Origins of Golf series and this week’s victory was a special milestone for him.
“A huge thank you to Vodacom, because they have been supporting us for a long, long time. The events that I won eight or 10 years ago felt like they just happened naturally. Now I have to make it happen, which is different. We’re getting older and it’s one of those things. It’s a different ball game for me these days, but more consistent,” he said.
It took serious grit for the 17-time Sunshine Tour champion to fend off the charge of his rivals. The breeze picked up throughout the day and hampered any chance he had to make birdies, so it took plenty of self-belief for him to produce the victory.
“If you look even at the highest levels of golf there are youngsters like Jordan (Spieth) and Jason (Day) with so much confidence. That’s the main game, and with confidence even difficult shots become easier. At this stage of my career I need to have so much faith in my ability, because so many young guys are coming through on this tour,” he said.
Hugo will look to add more trophies to his cabinet in the coming weeks, but for the time being he was content to have a 10th Vodacom Origins of Golf trophy for his cabinet.
“We’ve got a few more events before summer. For now I’m trying to get through winter and get the confidence up. Maybe this is the start, because I know that I am progressing and taking steps forward,” he said.