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If you thought J.R. Smith's propensity for bizarre headlines would fade now that he's a college golfer, we have a surprise for you.
The NBA veteran turned North Carolina A&T student-athlete completed the first tournament of his golfing career on Tuesday, but experienced a painful moment early in the final round. Simply put, he stepped on a hive of yellow jackets while looking for his ball in the woods.
The footage does not make it like a fun experience:
Here's the higher quality video of @TheRealJRSmith getting stung by Yellow Jackets at the Phoenix Invitational at Alamance Country Club. Glad he's doing better now. @overtime @RiggsBarstool @GolfDigest @GOLF_com pic.twitter.com/PJBtC6Jwv7
— Jared Bunder (@jbunder12) October 12, 2021
The situation was serious enough that a medical cart was called in to attend to Smith and other groups were allowed to play through.
Smith had been playing on the 12th hole after starting on the back nine in the Phoenix Invitational at Elon University. He would finish the third and final round on Tuesday with an 8-over score of 79. Combined with his rough start on Monday, that adds up to a tournament of 27-over and 81st-place finish out of 84 golfers.
That's probably not what Smith and the Aggies were hoping for with his debut, but the 36-year-old freshman should have plenty of time to improve.