Larrazabal shoots 68 after hornet attack

Fri 18 Apr 2014

Larrazabal shoots 68 after hornet attack

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Kuala Lumpur, April 18: Pablo Larrazabal had to repel a hornet attack by jumping into the lake before courageously shooting a 68 in the second round of the US$2.75 million Maybank Malaysian Open on Friday.
The Spaniard, who was playing his second shot from the fifth hole fairway before the attack, described the incident as the 'scariest moment in his career' as referees had to calm him down and coax him into resuming the round after he received two injections.
“I’m walking along and suddenly I felt something on my nose. I swatted it away and suddenly… they were not bees, they were three times the size of bees. They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time,” he explained.
“I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump into the lake. So I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped into the lake. It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I’ve never been so scared.”
Larrazabal was treated on the golf course for multiple stings but he showed great courage to birdie the same hole before adding another birdie on seven to finish tied 25th  at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Pablo Larrazabal of Spain Pablo Larrazabal of Spain
“The referees and a doctor took me aside and gave me a couple of injections and told me to relax. After the injections I felt a lot better and could continue. Without the help of the referees I couldn’t have finished the round, because I was in no state to play golf,” he said.
The Spaniard, who was part of Team Europe who tied with Team Asia in the Ryder Cup style Eurasia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia three weeks ago, will be extra cautious when he plays the hole again during the weekend.
“It will be very, very scary to play that hole. I’m not sure what I’m going to do but hopefully I will play it as quickly as I can,” said the Spaniard.
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