Lee Westwood took command of the Maybank Malaysian Open on Friday after Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal survived the scariest moment of his career in Kuala Lumpur.
Westwood added a 66 to his opening 65 for a 13-under-par halfway total of 131, four shots ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts and Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines.
Michael Hoey, who opened with a five under par carded a one over par 73 and slipped to 10th place, 13 shots behind Westwood.
Starting at the 10th, Michael dropped a shot at the 11th but bounced back with birdies at the 14th, 17th and 18th.
He remained two under for his round until dropping three shots in his final five holes.
Westwood’s superb performance was somewhat overshadowed by the bizarre incident involving Larrazabal, who shot a remarkable 68 despite having 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.
“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.”