Biblical plagues are generally not thought of as hazards on the golf course. Pablo Larrazabal, however, had to feel like he was experiencing one in the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Larrazabal was playing the fifth hole on Friday when he was attacked by a swarm of hornets -- some 30-40 by his estimation. The attack was so bad, the hornets forced Larrazabal to strip clothing and jump into a nearby water hazard.
“They were three times the size of bees,” Larrazabal said. “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.
“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.”
When the attack was done, he dried off and finished the hole...with a birdie.
Larrazabal shot 4-under 68 on the second round to make the cut and sit in a tie for 25th place going into the weekend. The Spaniard will definitely remember the fifth hole on Saturday.
“It looks like I’ll be playing the weekend, so tomorrow it will be very, very scary to play that hole," he said. "I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but hopefully I will play it as quickly as I can.”