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Attacked by hornets, golfer jumps in lake at European Tour event
If you want to talk about a rough day at the office, don't go complaining to Spain's Pablo Larrazabal.
During the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open Friday, Larrazabal was going about his business on the fifth fairway at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club when he was suddenly attacked by a swarm of hornets.
Here's video of the incident:
Here's Larrazabal talking about the incident after the round:
What initially looked somewhat amusing -- he was swinging a towel to try to avoid the hornets -- quickly turned scary. Larrazabal was stung more than 20 times and, to escape the wrath of the hornets, he jumped into the nearby lake.
"They were three times the size of bees," Larrazabal told EuropeanTour.com. "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."
After the dip in the lake, Larrazabal continued to play and -- incredibly -- made birdie on that hole. He finished the round with a 4-under 68 and is tied for 25th through 36 holes at 2 under.
"The referees and a doctor took me aside and gave me a couple of injections and told me to relax," he said. "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."
Larrazabal sent out this tweet following the round:
In my room resting after a long and tough day out there... Head still in pain but i will be 100% and ready tomorrow to go for a low one...
— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) April 18, 2014
It'll be interesting to see how he plays on the weekend. You almost get the feeling that this tournament owes the three-time European Tour winner one.
This story reminded us of another one from last year involving then LET (Ladies European Tour) rookie Daniela Holmqvist of Sweden. While playing a pre-qualifier for the LPGA's ISPS Handa Australian Open in Yarralumla, Holmqvist was bitten on her ankle by a black widow spider... and continued to play.
Who says golfers aren't tough?
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