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Originally published April 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM | Page modified April 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

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Hornets cause golfer Larrazabal to jump into lake

Pablo Larrazabal was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open when a swarm of hornets “three times the size of bees” began an assault at the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. He jumped into a water hazard.


The Associated Press

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Pablo Larrazabal was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Friday when a swarm of hornets “three times the size of bees” began an assault at the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

“They were huge and, like, 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time,” he said. “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.”

Lee Westwood shot a 6-under-par 66 for a four-stroke lead at 13 under.

The hornet attack came on the 14th hole, the fifth of Larrazabal’s round. The 30-year-old from Spain ran for safety, tossing his hat and shirt before being pulled from the lake.

Larrazabal was left with multiple stings and needed medical treatment, including injections.

“I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped in the water,” he said. “It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I’ve never been so scared.”

Larrazabal (68) proceeded to dry off and birdie the hole.

Other tournaments

K.J. Choi’s early tee time and quick start moved him to the top at the rain-hampered RBC Heritage, a PGA Tour event in Hilton Head, S.C.

Choi shot a 67 to get to 5-under 137, one stroke ahead of Robert Allenby. Allenby was among 65 players still on the course when heavy rain forced second-round play to be suspended.

Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (1 under with 14 second-round holes left) was tied for 16th place. Michael Putnam (7 over with 10 holes left), who is from University Place, was tied for 110th at 7 over. Kyle Stanley (73) of Gig Harbor was tied for 115th at 8 over.

Miguel Angel Jimenez made a dramatic debut on the 50-and-older Champions Tour, shooting a 7-under 65 for a three-shot lead in cold, soggy conditions at the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga.

“I’m desperate to find one of my cigars and have a glass of wine,” said Jimenez, who finished fourth in the Masters — won by Bubba Watson — on Sunday.

Seattle native Fred Couples (69) was tied for fifth place and Kirk Triplett (72), a graduate of Pullman High School, was tied for 19th. Rick Fehr (82), who is from Seattle, was tied for 77th.

Angela Stanford (5-under 67) has a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA Lotte Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii. Stanford is at 13 under.

Hyo Joo Kim (69) and Michelle Wie (70) are tied for second.

Jimin Kang (70), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, was tied for 20th at 1 under.

Jeff Coston of Blaine tied for third place in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Gene Fieger (3-under 69) of Naples, Fla., had a 13-under 275 total and won by six shots. Coston (69) finished at 5 under.



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