Stirring Up A Hornet's Nest
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/18/14

English golfer Lee Westwood may have taken the lead at the Malaysian Open, but it was Spanish golfer Pablo Larrazábal, a mainstay on the European Tour, who made the news on Thursday at the 2014 Malaysian Open. After being stung by a horde of hornets and wasps, and receiving several injections from medical personnel, Larrazábal somehow managed to shoot 68!

Afterward, the Spaniard recounted his horrific adventure for reporters:
"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.

"So I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped into the lake. It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I've never been so scared.

"I had to throw my shirt and hat away, and the towel I'd been swatting them with. The referees and a doctor took me aside and gave me a couple of injections and told me to relax. After the injections I felt a lot better and could continue. Without the help of the referees I couldn't have finished the round, because I was in no state to play golf.

"Tomorrow it will be very, very scary to play that hole. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but hopefully I will play it as quickly as I can."
So much attention was paid to Larrazábal that he ended up posting these updates on his condition on Twitter:

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[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
Reminds me of something that happened last year at the World AM. A guy hit his ball in a bush near a cluster of trees on the first hole. We were looking in this bush and saw it, but none of us saw the hornets all around and on the bush. One of my playing competitors took a swat to dislodge the ball for him and stirred them up. He got stung twice but the rest of us were able to run screaming away without problem. It was funny explaining that to the group behind us (group B) on that hole.
mmontisano says:
nothing near as Pablo, but I got stung in the head, just behind my left ear while playing in a tournament in high school. hurt like hell. after the round, all the ladies that worked there helped pull out the stinger and patched me up.
Matt F says:
I bet they did mmontisano!
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