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VIDEO: Golfer stung 20 times by hornet swarm, then makes birdie, shoots 68

European Tour player Pablo Larrazabal was hovering around the cut line of the Maybank Malaysia Open on Friday when he was swarmed by hornets.

He was stung more than 20 times, jumped into a lake to try to escape, and after getting a shot from doctors, insisted he play on.

Seriously.

Wait, though, it gets better.

The next shot Larrazabal hit was remarkable, leading to a birdie. He finished with what we have to believe is the best 68 shot on any golf course this year – or any year – done while donning soaked pants. He did have a chance to change into a dry shirt. (More images and the full story can be found here.)

Larrazabal spoke to reporters about the incident after the round:

“They were three times the size of bees. They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time.

“Caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, 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.”

Truth in golf is indeed stranger than 19th hole fiction. Unbelievable.

 

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Talking Pinehurst…on the 12th green at The Masters


It’s amazing where – and when – Pinehurst comes up in conversation.

“You know, I have the funniest story,” Bubba Watson revealed today on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive in an interview with Tim Rosaforte. “I have to share this story.”

Settle in, y’all. This one is SO GOOD.

After a masterful putt from off the back of the treacherous 12th green during the final round of The Masters on Sunday, Bubba Watson and his caddie Ted Scott had an interesting conversation after Bubba marked his ball 2 feet from the cup.

With a second green jacket still hanging in the balance, Scott didn’t have the slippery par putt on his mind.

No, he was thinking ahead.

Way ahead.

To Pinehurst.

Watson relayed the whole story Morning Drive (go to 9:15 in the video above). After the great play – Bubba took Scott’s advice and chose to try putting the ball rather than risk a bladed chip shot (“I usually go opposite of what he does,” Bubba says.) – Scott couldn’t help himself.

“Pinehurst is coming up, and you’re going to have to putt so much at Pinehurst because of the greens and how they roll off,” Scott told Bubba as the two were still just two shots up with six to play. “You’re the best at putting from the (fringe). Your short game, you’re really good around the greens. You have a great shot at winning that.”

“He was talking about Pinehurst, how I’m going to have putt around the greens, at no. 12, trying to win The Masters.” – Bubba Watson

Pinehurst No. 2, the site of the U.S. Open in 1999 and 2005, will host the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks in June. Scott, who was on Olin Browne’s bag at the 2005 Open when Browne made a serious run at the championship, knows a thing or two about Donald Ross’s legendary turtleback greens. Often, players will choose to putt from the closely mown fringe areas, even when the ball settles several feet below the putting surface.

It was a good lesson for Bubba as he begins his preparation for the second major championship of the year. Of course, it may have come a tad early, something even Scott quickly realized.

“But let’s not get carried away,” Scott told Bubba, still on the 12th green, moments after his gushing praise. “Let’s stay in the moment here.”

It was a moment they could laugh about later – at Waffle House.

“That was our moment,” Bubba says. “At Waffle House, we laughed about it forever…He was talking about Pinehurst, how I’m going to have putt around the greens, at no. 12, trying to win The Masters.”

 

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We’re Next

Congrats to Bubba Watson, who’s been looking forward to the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst for some time.

And so as the Masters concludes, Pinehurst approaches history – again.

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Ben Crenshaw says 2015 Masters will be his last

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(Photo by John Gessner.)

Two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw revealed Saturday morning on The Golf Channel that the 2015 Masters will be his last championship.

2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of his emotional 1995 Masters triumph. Crenshaw, who will be among those at center stage during the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens at Pinehurst in June, also won the Masters in 1984.

It seems Gentle Ben had arrived at the decision, and then chose a special spot to tell his longtime caddie.

“I made the decision that next year is my last year,” Crenshaw said. “It is funny, on Amen Corner on the 13th hole on the first day, I hadn’t told Carl yet, but I said, ‘Carl, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and next year would be a good year.’ I’m very, very happy with it. I’ve thought about it for a long time. A lot of times I thought that I could have stepped down earlier. It is hard. Very hard. But I have been so fortunate. I have to look at the good things that have happened. I have to pull over and watch. I’m very resigned to being an encourager for everybody as much as I can.”

Crenshaw, 62, and design partner Bill Coore led the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration in advance of 2014 Opens, which will be contested in consecutive weeks for the first time in history. Crenshaw has played in every Masters since 1972, finishing among the top 10 nine times in addition to his two victories. Next year will tie Crenshaw with Sam Snead for 7th most Masters appearances.

 

 

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Video: Michael Jordan chips in, gets excited….and we break it all down

At the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas this week, His Airness made a sweet, sweet chip in.

In watching the video, though, a few things stand out. So let’s break it down, Pinehurst Blog-style.

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