Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recari won’t make it to the Toto Japan Classic for their first-round tee times Friday morning. They’re still stranded in Bali, forced to withdraw from the LPGA event with the airport in Bali closed for a third consecutive day because of a volcanic eruption that is spewing ash more than two miles into the sky. They were on the Indonesian resort island playing the Lexus Cup corporate outing this week, but they have been unable to get out since Tuesday night.
“I’m pretty upset about the situation, because I was really looking forward to playing in Japan again,” Munoz told GolfChannel.com. “It’s a wonderful event, and I really wanted to be a part of it.”
Recari was headed to the Toto Japan Classic with a chance to solidify a spot in CME Group Tour Championship. Recari is 71st on the Race to the CME Globe points list. The top 72 in points after next week’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational earn spots into the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in two weeks. This is Recari’s last chance to qualify. She isn’t in the limited-field Ochoa event.
“I’m very sad not to compete in the Toto Japan Classic,” Recari said. “It is one of my favorite tournaments on the schedule. I love Japan, the people, the food and the culture. I can’t wait to return next year.”
Munoz is 32nd on the CME points list.
LPGA pros Jessica Korda and So Yeon Ryu are also stranded in Bali after playing the Lexus Cup, but they weren’t scheduled to play in Japan.
Thousands of travelers have been stranded in Bali with the Associated Press reporting that 700 flights have been delayed or canceled at several airports throughout Indonesia over the last three days.