PROFESSIONAL golfer Oliver Farr has regained his European Tour place despite spending time away from the course this year.

The birth of his second child at the start of the year and other family circumstance saw Farr miss some ranking event.

However, he returned in emphatic style recording the lowest round of his life to win the Challenge Tour event in Morocco.

A final-round 63 saw him earn a place inside the top-15 European Tour qualification places going into the season finale in Majorca recently.

Despite a a triple bogey and a double bogey early in the tournament Farr recovered to finish joint sixth and to secure his European Tour card for the next year.

"There has been a lot going on off the course and it has been a tough year to keep focus," said Farr.

"On the course it has probably been my most consistent season on the tour, to go and finish in the top 15 to get European Tour status is great.

"I won four weeks before the end of the season which put me in a great position and it was just a case of holding on for a couple of weeks.

"There was a lot riding on it in the final event so to finish with another top-10 was nice.

"Off the course I thought about it (European Tour card) a lot, but on the course I focused on what I had to do.

"It was a mentally tough week with so much riding on it, I thought I handled it pretty well."

Farr also earned a European Tour card in 2014 and 2017.

He says this time he is aiming to win titles and is ready for the challenge.

Farr added: "For my career I'm trying to compete for titles and if I can do it on the Challenge Tour it doesn't take much more to do it on the European Tour.

"This time around I need to try and compete and get closer to winning rather than just staying in the European Tour.

"It's tough as some of the best players from around the world compete in this tour.

"It's my third full season and I'm now more experienced as a golfer and I know my game a lot better than I have done in previous years going into this tour.

"The first event is next week in Hong Kong and I'm away for two weeks before I return home for Christmas.

"The tour is all year around and there is no season so your game and body have got to be ready to play all year round.

"I have been preparing for that in the last 12 months for if I got back in.

"In previous years I have played far too much in the Challenge Tour so come the European Tour I was tired and fatigued.

"This year I haven't played the Challenge Tour much for other reasons so I'm playing a lot better and I'm more energised, hopefully my results will be better as a result."

Farr, aged 31, lives in Hereford and when not competing professionally he passes on his expertise to youngsters at Burghill Valley Golf Club.

The is also sponsored by the club and regularly visits.

"I was at Burghill presentation evening the other night and we have got a good partnership together," added Farr.

"I really enjoy being up there and playing. We have lived in Hereford for six years now and after travelling around the world I enjoy living here."