Westwood leads in Malaysia; Larrazabal swarmed
In Friday's second round of the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open, Lee Westwood opened up a four-shot lead – while a swarm of hornets stole the show, attacking Pablo Larrazabal.
At 1 under for his round through four holes and playing Kuala Lumpur CC's No. 14, Larrazabal said he swatted an insect away from his nose. A swarm ensued. He started swinging a towel around his head and shoulder. It didn't deter the hornets.
“They were three times the size of bees,” Larrazábal told the tour. “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.”
The Spaniard received treatment for multiple stings, including injections, the Associated Press reported.
Larrazabal also had taken off his shirt. When the swarm disappeared and he redressed, the hornets returned – forcing him to finish the day in a borrowed shirt.
Oh by the way, he birdied the hole. And went on to shoot 68 and make the cut.
Thank you all for your messatjes.I feel a lot better now so time to rest and go for a low weeknd. Remember, golf is a dangeour sport. Hehe— Pablo Larrazabal (@plarrazabal) April 18, 2014
At least Larrazabal was in good spirits afterward.
“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.”
Westwood, at 13 under and looking for his first win since the Nordea Masters in September 2012, leads Nicolas Colsaerts and Antonio Lascuna by four, with Danny Willett another shot back and three players at 7 under.