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Pablo Larrazabal Attacked By Hornets At Malaysian Open (VIDEO)

18/04/2014 13:00 BST | Updated 18/04/2014 13:59 BST

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal survived the scariest moment of his career at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur when he had to to dive into a lake after being attacked by hornets.

The incident happened on the fifth hole at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club - Larrazabal's 14th hole of the day - and after drying off and 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.

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Larrazabal returns to the surface after successfully escaping a colony of hornets

"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.

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"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."

Larrazabal, who won the Abu Dhabi Championship ahead of Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson in January, later added on Twitter: "In my room resting after a long and tough day out there...Head still in pain but I will be 100% and ready tomorrow to go for a low one...

"There are a lot of stories around the golf courses around the world but looks like I always have the crazy ones. Maybe I start to write a book."