European Tour player Pablo Larrazabal of Spain turns 31 years old today, and we want to extend our birthday congratulations – and our wishes that his celebration is a little less exciting than his experience a couple weeks ago.
Larrazabal, you might remember, is the guy who was attacked by a swarm of hornets during the Maybank Malaysian Open and had to jump into a lake to get away from them. He was stung 20 times before he made his water evacuation.
Amazingly, he got out of the lake, dried off, and still birdied the hole.
"They were three times the size of bees," Larrazabal told EuropeanTour.com after his ordeal. "They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. 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 in the lake... It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I've never been so scared."
Man. If there's not an award for "hole of the year," there ought to be.
T.J. Auclair recounted this crazy tale in detail in a Golf Buzz post right after it happened, and you really ought to check it out – it even includes the video of the hornets chasing Larrazabal to the lake.
Larrazabal went on to tie for eighth in Malaysia, then tied for 36th the week after that in China. At No. 20 on the European Tour money list and No. 63 in the world ranking, he's back home this week for the Spanish Open, where he opened with a much-less-eventful 72 today.
So Happy Birthday to you, Pablo. You deserve a great one – and here's hoping that your celebration tonight is indoors.