During the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open Friday, Pablo 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.
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. They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time," Larrazabal said. "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 jumping in the lake, Larrazabal continued to play and -- surprisingly -- 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.
A winner earlier this year in Abu Dhabi, Larrazabal made the cut after rounds of 74 and 68, though he admitted that his approach on the fifth hole will now be a cautious one.
"It looks like I'll be playing the weekend, so tomorrow it will be very, very scary to play that hole," Larrazabal said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but hopefully I will play it as quickly as I can."