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Hornets leave Larrazabal buzzing

Pablo Larrazabal recorded a 68 in the second round of the Malaysian Open, despite having to dive into a lake after being attacked by hornets.

The bizarre incident happened on the fifth hole at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club - Larrazabal's 14th hole of the day - and after receiving treatment the 30-year-old went on to birdie the par five and make another on the seventh.

"I hit my tee shot just right of the bunker and chipped it out quite well," Larrazabal said. "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.

"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."

After an opening 74, Larrazabal's round left him two under par for the tournament, seven shots behind clubhouse leader Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines,

The 43-year-old recorded a superb 65 to lie nine under par, but was swiftly overtaken by first round leader Lee Westwood, who was seeking his 13th win in Asia and 41st of his career.

The 40-year-old birdied the first and chipped to within inches of the hole to set up another on the third, before two-putting the par-five fifth to pick up his third shot of the day.

Westwood was then inches away from holing his approach to the sixth and another superb iron shot set up his fifth birdie of the day from short range on the ninth.

That meant the former world number one had covered the front nine in 31 for the second day in succession and another birdie on the 10th took Westwood to 13 under par, three shots clear of Ryder Cup team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts.

Colsaerts had played the front nine in 32 to reach 10 under par as he chased his first European Tour title since the Volvo World Match Play championship in 2012.

Westwood gave the chasing pack hope when his tee shot on the par-three 11th found the water in front of the green, leading to a double-bogey five.

However, birdies on the 14th and 16th took the Englishman back to 13 under par and four ahead of Lascuna and Colsaerts, who had followed a run of eight pars with a bogey on the 16th.