& # 039; I see first-hand that someone gets up & # 039; – Farr focuses on family with wife on the frontline of the NHS

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Oliver Farr's best finish so far was 28th at the SA Open in January

. The only Welsh number one wave Oliver Farr is currently playing is on a placemat in his garage or with a bucket in the yard.

In fact, the 32-year-old doesn't have much time to pick up his clubs because he takes care of young sons while his wife goes to work at Hereford County Hospital.

Joanna Farr only returned to her NHS job earlier this month after a period of maternity leave.

This week, due to the coronavirus pandemic, she will switch from her regular role as endoscopy nurse to the emergency department

"I am a little worried about her, but she was trained and she wants to do it, "Farr tells BBC Sport Wales.

"She has experience with A&E and has been asked to go back.

" She is a bit afraid of what awaits her, but I am very proud that she was so brave and continued. I see firsthand that someone is standing up. "

While his wife plays her part in the fight against the coronavirus, Farr is in charge of his sons – George, three, and Jack, who is 11 months old.

" Their nursery is closed, so I'm a full-time daycare, "he says.

" This was not what I expected. My mom keeps texting and saying, "This is something you'll remember – having a good quality time with the boys." It will be difficult when I play golf again. "

Farr has not played competitively since he finished 47th three weeks ago at the Qatar Masters in Doha.

Since then, the European Tour has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With courses and practice facilities closed, Farr has to do what he can at his Herefordshire home.

"I have a putty in the garage and I'm trying to do 20 minutes a day," he explains.

"I can sniff around the backyard. I chop a doormat into a bucket. I don't want to ruin the grass!

"It's a real mess, but I'm trying to keep muscle memory going."

Oliver Farr is ranked 162nd in the Race to Dubai after having played six European Tour events this season

. Farr is also trying his best to try to be as ready as possible for the European Tour to resume when that comes.

As it stands, the next event on the calendar is the Irish Open in two months.

With 311st place in the world, Farr is the highest golfer in Wales, ahead of Rhys Enoch (334) and Jamie Donaldson (485).

He is on the European Tour for the third time in his career and has regained his card by finishing 12th on the Challenge Tour in 2019.

Farr has made a solid start to the season , while offering to secure its place at the top table of the European wave in the long term, but the corona virus crisis means uncertainty for every player and financial concerns for some.

& # 39; I don't know what this season is about & # 39 ;, he admits. "Shall we finish the year? Shall we restart?

" As soon as the big European Tour events start to shrink and the further we go into the year, I think the whole idea is to end the season write maybe come in.

"In football, they can postpone matches and play later in the year if they have to – but I don't know how to do that in golf because the weather is not good enough in winter.

"It is also more difficult than some sports because we travel around the world and there are so many nationalities on the tour. It must be a fair playing field for everyone. "

For Farr level players, it's important to hit the track – and perform well to secure prize money.

" You still have to play the bills, "he says." I am one of the millions of people in that boat. "

A wider concern than if the next paycheck could arrive is what coronavirus means for the long term. Future of golf.

" I'm worried about the tour, "adds Farr.

"Do sponsors get enough money to sponsor events? You just hope they can keep it up next year, but they have bigger things to think about than sponsoring sports.

"That's in many sports, not just golf."

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