FORMER Cleobury Mortimer and Ludlow Golf Club member Oliver Farr will be back on the prestigious European Tour next year after securing a five-shot victory at China’s Foshan Open on the European Challenge Tour.

It was a second tour win for the Hereford professional, who is now a member of Burghill Valley Golf Club, and it took him over the 120,000 points needed to book his place on the European Tour.

“It is a massive win,” said the 29-year-old, who grew up in Tenbury.

“If you’re playing in this event you start the week knowing that if you win you will be close to getting a European Tour card.

"That brings a little bit of added pressure to the event but that’s what also makes it such a big tournament.

“It still hasn’t set in yet but it’s a fantastic achievement to win one of the biggest Challenge Tour events.”

Farr headed to China in excellent form and went into the final round with a five-shot lead.

He never looked in danger of losing that advantage and after three birdies over four holes between 10 and 13 he seemingly ended the contest at Foshan Golf Club.

Despite dropping a shot at the par three 16th, Farr was afforded the luxury of walking down the 18th with a four-shot lead – which he extended to five with a closing birdie.

Having been sat in 50th place on the Road to Oman just six weeks ago, Farr admitted he is still processing the remarkable turnaround which has now taken him up to fourth place in the rankings.

“I wasn’t in a good frame of mind six weeks ago if I am honest,” he added.

“I was questioning myself and was lacking in belief but it feels great to have been able to have turned everything around.

“I am not 100 per cent sure how I have turned everything around but I know I am playing the best golf I have ever played.

"That is a great feeling to have and I hope it continues.

“I played on the European Tour in 2015 so it is a fantastic feeling to know that I can progress from the Challenge Tour again.

“I have to go out there and prove myself on the European Tour and I’ll start thinking about how I am going to do that over the next couple of weeks.”

Joining Farr on the European Tour next season will be Ryan Evans who shared a room with him during the week in China.

And after such a successful week, the Herefordshire ace admits that the pair could make it a regular occurrence next season.

“We briefly discussed it at the end of our rounds,” he said. “We roomed together during the Rolex Trophy and we did okay there and we will try and do it again in the future.”