Tragedy spurs Farr on to his first tour victory

Hereford Times: Oliver Farr shows off his Turkish Airlines Challenge trophy after his first European Challenge Tour win.Picture by Maestro Photography Services. Oliver Farr shows off his Turkish Airlines Challenge trophy after his first European Challenge Tour win.Picture by Maestro Photography Services.

GOLF ace Oliver Farr put the death of his grandfather to one side to claim his first European Challenge Tour win on a dramatic final day in Turkey.

Farr, who lives in Hereford, produced a stunning birdie at the final hole to secure a two-shot victory in the Turkish Airlines Challenge.

Sunday's win came just five days after Farr's grandfather Malcolm died and the golfer was close to withdrawing from the event.

But Farr decided to stay and used the emotion to spur him on.

"It's been a tough week for my family - we lost my grandfather on the Tuesday and I wanted to go home, but my parents forced me to stay," said Farr.

"I was trying to do it for him and for my family and to give them something to smile about.

"It was the first tournament where I felt really comfortable and then my grandfather died, so it was just a strange feeling.

"But it's a great win and I just have to keep going now because there is a lot of golf to play this season."

The 26-year-old birdied at the final hole to finish two shots clear of a packed field at the southern Turkish resort of Belek.

It was Farr's first Challenge Tour win in just his fourth tournament of his debut season.

"It was a fantastic wedge to five-feet and it's a putt you always want to win a tournament," said Farr.

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