Oliver Farr: Welsh golfer close to return of European Tour after Morocco victory

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Oliver Farr's victory last weekend in Morocco was his third career win on the Challenge Tour

Oliver Farr is convinced that he can reclaim his European Tour card after the lowest lap of his life secured a Challenge Tour triumph in Morocco. ] 31-year-old Welshman shot a final round 63 last Sunday to win the Lalla Aicha Challenge Tour event.

The victory has given his hope of regaining a place on the European Tour a huge boost.

"It puts me in a great position – 13th on the money list," Farr told BBC Sport Wales.

"I still have some work to do. I have three events left, two in China from next week and then the Grand Final in Mallorca. They are bigger money, so you see a lot of heels and changes.

"But I have every confidence in it. Hopefully I can do enough. "

Farr has had a European Tour card twice before, in 2015 and 2018, and is now well placed to get full playing rights in 2020.

He earned his success in Morocco 32,000 euros (£ 28,750) and saw him jump 24 places to 13th place in the Challenge Tour rankings.

The top 15 when the season ends next month will play on the European Tour next year.

"This puts me on the fire because people want to take me out now, so I have to play well," Farr added.

"I need a few more good results to close the deal . "

Oliver Farr wants to book a place on the European Tour for the third time through the Challenge Tour, after having done this earlier in 2014 and 2017

Farr has a strong position despite playing only 11 events this year, less than all other player in the top 25 in the ranking.

"We had a child in April, so I missed the first four events there, but unfortunately we had a few family complaints in the middle of the season, so I took some time to be with my wife and my family , "he said.

"But when I played, I played very nicely."

Farr from Hereford was born in England, but has followed father Graham – a professional golfer from Llandrindod Wells – in representing from Wales.

He is not the only Welshman competing to finish in the top 15 of the Challenge Tour, with Rhys Enoch currently 22nd.

The duo shares a room when the tour goes to China.

"Since the age of f 18 we have been in the same national squadrons and have made progress together," Farr said.

"It was great to see him win earlier in the season (in Slovakia). It is great to have two Welsh golfers in the fight, while David Boote also perseveres."

Farr, whose previous Challenge Tour was a triumph before last weekend in 2017, started four shots behind the leaders on the last day in Morocco, but his spectacular round led to a profit margin with three shots.

"I shot eight times this year and a few times as a professional, but nine below is my lowest ever," he said.

"I actually told my wife that I woke up a bit irritable in the morning, but I started well. I broke in on the third and drilled a good putt on the fourth.

"I kept my foot on the gas and made many birdies. It was just one of those days where everything went well. "

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