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VIDEO: Golfer jumps into lake to avoid swarm of hornets

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal jumps into the lake to avoid the hornets
Spain's Pablo Larrazabal jumps into the lake to avoid the hornets
Larrazabal dries off after his dip
Larrazabal dries off after his dip

Friday saw an eventful second round at the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets.

Usually to be avoided, the water proved a haven for Spain's Larrazabal, though, as he encountered the "scariest" moment of his career when he had to dive into a lake after being attacked by hornets on the fifth hole.

"I hit my tee shot just right of the bunker and chipped it out quite well," Larrazabal, 30, told reporters. "So I'm walking along and suddenly I felt something on my nose.

"I swatted it away and suddenly... they were not bees, they were three times the size of bees. 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."

Larrazabal, who was stung around 20 times, returned to the course after a couple of injections and a change of shirt and birdied the par-five hole - his 14th.

"The referees and a doctor took me aside and gave me a couple of injections and told me to relax," he said.

"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.

"It looks like I'll be playing the weekend, so 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."