Langebaan, Western Cape – Jean Hugo won a record eighth title on the Origins of Golf tour with his seven-stroke triumph at the Langebaan Country Estate on Friday.
Hugo finished the week on 14 under par with a final round of 67. He equalled the achievements of Darren Fichardt and Thomas Aiken, claiming the biggest margin of victory in the 10-year history of this Sunshine Tour series.
But Hugo's eighth win places him in a class of his own as the most successful golfer in the history of this series.
“It's always special when I tee it up in an Origins event purely because of that feeling of achievement it gives me,” Hugo said.
“I always try and prepare well for these tournaments, and I like the laid back feeling of playing and mingling with the amateurs.”
The win ends a two-year title drought for Hugo.
“It's nice to have that winning feeling again.
“The things I'm working on are coming together. It's never an overnight thing, but the faith I had in myself and my game came through this week.
“There's a great feeling of satisfaction when you work on your game like that and get the reward from a win.”
Hugo was only one stroke clear of the field going into a windy final round.
He maintained the momentum of his brilliant 63 in the second round, and birdied the first hole on Friday.
“That was a great settler because it was quite windy out there. Then I made a good par putt on three to keep that momentum, and another birdie on four.
“I could feel it building then.”
He then slipped comfortably into that mode where he becomes unstoppable as he pulled further away from the field.
“I just had to stay within myself and not try and win the tournament after nine holes.”
His only bogey of the day was a three-putt on the par-three 11th, but a confident Hugo took the positives from that.
“I was pleased that the only bogeys I made this week were three putts, so tee to green my game was solid, and that's what I've been working on.”
Merrick Bremner, Jbe Kruger and Andrew Curlewis shared second place on seven under, while Heinrich Bruiners followed up his maiden victory on this series with a solid share of seventh place on five under. – Sapa