Malaysian Open: Hornets attack Pablo Larrazabal in second round in Kuala Lumpur
Last Updated: 19/04/14 1:50pm
Pablo Larrazabal was forced to take evasive action as he jumped into the water to avoid a hornet attack.
Spanish golfer Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to escape a swarm of hornets on day two of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The 30-year-old, who earlier this year won in Abu Dhabi, admitted feeling terrified as the flying stinging insects made a beeline for him while he was playing the fifth hole at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club.
Larrazabal took refuge in a nearby water hazard after being stung several times, but following treatment from on-course medics went on to birdie the par-five hole.
Somehow he still went on to post a four-under-par 68 and safely made it through to the weekend with a 36-hole total of 142.
"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."
Hornets, which can often grow to more than two inches in length, possess a sting that is more painful to humans than either wasps or bees due to a large quantity of acetylcholine.
He later told reporters: "I hit my tee shot just right of the bunker and chipped it out quite well. So 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.
"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.
"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.
"I had to throw my shirt and hat away, and the towel I'd been swatting them with. 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."