Golfer Jumps In Lake To Escape Hornets

Sameera Ehteram
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal had no idea that such a ‘swarm’ will show up for his second round in the Malaysian Open. But when it did, he was forced to dive into water to avoid attacking hornets during his game.

Larrazabal suffered a number of stings before managing to dash for the closest body of water and jumping in.

But not one to be done in, he resumed playing even though it must not have been easy.

“They were three times the size of bees,” he admitted.

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“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,” Larrazabal added. “I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped in the water. It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I’ve never been so scared.”

The Maybank Malaysian Open started on April 17 and will last till April 20. It is one of the most prestigious national open championships in the region and is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour as well as the European Tour with a prize of USD 2.75 million.

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At the moment all eyes are on British golfer Andy Sullivan who fireda six-under-par 66 to cut Lee Westwood's lead to one shot after the third round of the European Tour's Malaysian Open’ this morning.

Former world number one and Sullivan’s fellow countryman Lee Westwood led by four strokes overnight but could only manage a 71 after bogeying the last for a three-day total of 14-under.

Pablo Larrazabal is on the 23rd place.