Beatriz Recari and Azahara Munoz are in a race against time to make it from Bali in Indonesia to Japan in time for the start of Friday’s Toto Japan Classic on the LPGA Tour.
The Spaniards, as well Jessica Korda and So Yeon Ryu, were among the players taking part in the Lexus Cup, an exhibition event on the island, planning to fly out on Tuesday night. However, when Mount Barujari, a volcano on the island, started spewing ash into the air, flights were canceled, leaving the players at the mercy of Mother Nature.
According to Golf Channel, Munoz said airport officials don’t expect to resume flights until Thursday. Adding to the time crunch is a lack of a direct flight between the island countries. That will likely make Thursday a long day for the players.
Fortunately, the LPGA and Japan LPGA showed some mercy to the stranded stars, pairing them together for Friday’s opening round in the final group at 10:12 a.m. local time.