04/18 07:14 CDT Larrazabal jumps into water to escape hornets
Larrazabal jumps into water to escape hornets
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) --- Lee Westwood jumped out to a four-shot lead and
Pablo Larrazabal jumped into a water hazard to escape hornets during the
Malaysian Open second round on Friday.
Westwood moved closer to ending a two-year winless drought in adding a
6-under-par 66 to his opening round of 65 at Kuala Lumpur Country Club.
However, the action was overshadowed by Larrazabal needing on-course medical
attention after being attacked by hornets at the 14th hole, the fifth of his
"They were three times the size of bees," he 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
Larrazabal received medical treatment, including injections, for multiple
stings. Then, in putting his shirt back on, the hornets also returned, so he
played his last five holes in a borrowed shirt.
Incredibly, he birdied the 14th hole en route to a round of 68 and a share of
25th place on 2 under.
"It looks like I'll be playing the weekend, so tomorrow it will be very, very
scary to play that hole," Larrazabal said.
In January, he defeated Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy to capture the Abu
Former No. 1 Westwood picked up eight birdies with his only error being a
double bogey when he found water guarding the green at the par-three 11th hole.
"On the front nine I shot 5 under for my second day running, and the longest
putt I holed was from four feet on the first. It was solid stuff.
"I got a little unlucky at 11, it was one of the best shots I hit all day, and
the wind just gusted on me and it came up short in the water. But I rallied
Antonio Lascuna from the Philippines carded 65 to hold the lead at 9 under
before being overtaken by Westwood.
Lascuna has won twice on the Asian Tour, and he shares second place with
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, who has scored 66-69.
Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand was tied with Larrazabal
after a pair of 71s.