Ash clouds lead to withdrawals on European Tour


Miguel Angel Jimenez and at least 10 other players have been forced to withdraw from this week’s Ballentines Championship after their flights were canceled due to the volcanic activity in Iceland.

Flight restrictions have been imposed on many European nations giving players no hope of reaching Jeju Island, South Korea for this week’s European Tour event which features Ernie Els, Anthony Kim and Y.E Yang. Thankfully, Els and Kim flew straight from the U.S. avoiding any problems and Yang joined most of the field in the short journey from Shanghai after last week’s Volvo China Open.Elsewhere, the European Challenge Tour has canceled the Moroccan Golf Classic this week, dashing the plans of a group of American players from the eGolf Professional Tour. The Charlotte, N.C., based mini-tour had made an agreement with the event to exempt invitations to a number of its players, giving them the opportunity to compete on Europe’s equivalent of the Nationwide Tour.

On the Ladies European Tour, many players have made marathon car journeys to make the field in Spain for this week’s Comunitat Valenciana European Nations Cup. England’s Melissa Reid made the drive from Sheffield, England and Ursula Wilkstrom drove all the way from Finland, a trip of roughly 2,000 miles.