Pro-golfer Pablo Larrazabal has the 14th hole of the Malaysian Open hanging heavy on his mind today. After being attacked by a swarm of huge hornets on Friday Larrazabal is fearful of playing that hole again Saturday. The terror he experienced when those hornets came out of the blue is not something he will soon forget, according to Fox News on April 18.
After 10-years on the pro-golf circuit, Larrazabal is very in tune with the hazards that the many different PGA courses offer. The courses that host tournaments each year present with water hazards and sand hazards, but none were ever as painful as the hornet hazards he faced at 14th hole. The attack came by air in the fifth round and the pro-golfer calls this “the scariest moment of my career.”
When the hornets first swarmed, Larrazabal’s caddy told him to run, so “I start running like a crazy guy,” says the golfer. This was to no avail, as the hornets kept right up with him. This is when the other players yelled for him to jump in the lake. He took his shoes off and threw down his score card then he jumped in, reports ESPN News.
He climbed out of the lake with the help of an extended hand from one of the players, tossing his hat and shirt aside before fully emerging. It was then the hornet stings were very visible. He needed medical attention for the multiple stings, which included injections to reverse the reaction of the hornet venom.
He continued the remainder of the tournament and he actually birdied that 14th hole that offered him such a sting! What he has on his mind now is facing that hole once again on Saturday. Larrazabal said:
"Tomorrow it will be very, very scary to play that hole."
Larrazabal’s hornet battle took the attention off the man of the hour, Lee Westwood, who shot a six-under for a 66 and had a four-stroke lead. Westwood, who once ranked number one, was going after his first title in two years.
The limelight was jolted away from Westwood's game and focused on Larrazabal’s hornet attack, but for a short time only. As soon as Larrazabal put on a borrowed shirt and continued to play, Westwood was once again the man to watch!