Hugo’s chances improve
Jean Hugo's second place in last week's Dimension Data Pro-Am has helped his Chase to the Investec Cup chances ahead of the season-ending Tshwane Open, which tees off on Thursday.
FILE PIC. Jean Hugo during day 4 of the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt Golf Estate on February 23, 2014 in George, South Africa. Picture: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images.
Hugo shared second with Dane Lucas Bjerregard, and fellow Sunshine Tour players Keith Horne and Adilson Da Silva, assuring him of a haul of 380 points, lifting him from 17th position the week before to sixth place.
With the total of 10,000 points up for grabs in the Tshwane Open which is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour, he can challenge Charl Schwartzel for the lead.
Schwartzel is just 295 points ahead of Hugo, which means a top-eight finish for the Centurion-based professional will be enough to put him in a prime position to challenge for the lion’s share of the lucrative bonus pool of R10-million.
This is after the year-long build-up to the Investec Cup tournament from March 20-23 which climaxes the season.
After the success of the inaugural Chase to the Investec Cup series in 2013, the 2013-14 series features a bonus pool which is double that of 2013.
The winner of the 2014 Chase to the Investec Cup will win R3.5 million, with the second-place finisher winning R950,000, and third R700,000, whilst 30th spot in the bonus pool pay-out rankings will take home R50,000.
Between Hugo and Schwartzel on the Chase to the Investec Cup rankings are a host of Sunshine Tour and European Tour champions.
Africa Open champion Thomas Aiken is in second, 2012 Avantha Masters champion Jbe’ Kruger is third, South African Open champion Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark is fourth, and 2012 South African Open champion Hennie Otto is fifth.