Apr 18

Pablo Larrazabal gets stung by hornets, jumps in lake, makes birdie immediately after

Being a professional golfer has plenty of perks, but on Friday at the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open one of the players in the field ran into a situation that was anything but desirable.

Pablo Larrazabal, a 30-year-old professional golfer from Spain, was playing his round when hornets came after him. Larrazabal tried to get the hornets off with a towel, but it wasn't enough as he was stung nearly 20 times, eventually jumping in a nearby lake to get the critters off him.

Larrazabal eventually got out of the lake, dried off, got a new shirt and went to hit his shot on the par-5 5th hole, knocking it up there to about 15 feet and rolling in the putt for a very unexpected birdie.

"Like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me, big time," Larrazabal said after his round. "Maybe the scariest moment of my career by far."

The video of the attack is below, and make sure to check out his post-round interview to hear what he had to say about the crazy happenings at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

 


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Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shanebaconblogs@yahoo.com or

Apr 17

Web.com Tour player rips into Nick Faldo for taking a spot at the RBC Heritage

In golf, unlike any sport out there, fans long to watch their veterans. Sure, baseball and football and basketball and hockey retire numbers and jerseys, but there isn't a yearning to actually see the old guys play against the young guys. At least not like there is in the game of golf.

We love the idea of a 50-year-old winning the Masters, or a veteran coming in and making a cut on his last leg, forgetting about all the young players out there simply just asking for that one chance to prove their worth.

This issue came up at this week's PGA Tour stop, the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head. Nick Faldo was extended an invite because he's a past winner, taking this title as his first ever win on the PGA Tour back in 1984. Faldo, fresh off his broadcasting duties at the Masters, accepted the invite and opened with a 6-over 77, currently tied for last place at the event.

This didn't go over well with one Web.com Tour player, Josh Broadaway, who took to Twitter to show his disgust for a 56-year-old taking up a spot in a PGA Tour event where plenty of other names are just trying to earn checks and keep their dream alive.

Here was what Broadaway had to say on Twitter.

The argument here can go one of two ways, but before you make a decision, I want you to see what Faldo said in his press conference before the tournament began.

"Preparation is slim.  I'm doing everything on — all on fond memories at the moment, trying to gear myself up a little bit as a golfer.  But between my TV schedule and other things, it's kind of like start preparation on a Monday," Faldo said, continuing later with this. "I probably practice one percent compared to what I used to practice ..."

And on his goals for this week?

"The best goal is to make the cut.  That would be‑‑ that requires an awful lot of good, consistent golf.  That's the intention."

Now, there are obviously two arguments here. The first is simple: Faldo is a past champion who has been a staple in golf for decades and should be able to play in any event he wants to play, especially if he won that event in the past.

This isn't a wrong argument. This is fair and true and if someone wants to sit on this side of the fence I wouldn't think it was a bad decision.

My point on all of this has been and will continue to be this: Golf is a "catch lightening in a bottle" sport. I've seen guys qualify for Web.com events on Monday, keep the momentum going and win that week, changing their lives forever. We've seen plenty of Web.com players have great weeks on the PGA Tour, even winning, and making their dream a reality in just four short days.

But more than all that, you are limiting the chances of a professional golfer by bringing someone in that doesn't really have a chance of competing. Faldo being there is great for some, because he's a name that might draw a few people to watch and over the weekend he will be able to give us in depth points about the golf course, how it's playing and what to expect from each player on the holes coming in.

But is that what we want? Is that a better story than "Web.com player gets in as last alternate and goes on to win?" Did everyone forget about John Daly at Crooked Stick?

My problem with this is it's a curtain call for Faldo, not a great act. We want to see the action before we can cheer, and taking a spot away from someone like Hudson Swafford, the first alternate at the Heritage who sits 137th on the money list, could mean the difference in him playing professional golf next year (the top 125 players on the PGA Tour money list qualify for a tour card the next year) and him trying to figure out which insurance to hawk.

More than any sport out there, golf is a game of opportunity. The greats make it themselves, but the guys that are "just good enough" to hang around the tour for years and years are those guys that got the breaks. They got the invite to this tournament or that, or they were allowed in an event that they didn't expect to play. That is how these guys advance up the golf food chain, and how they can make a career for themselves.

Giving that spot to Faldo, who already has it all and hasn't made a cut on the PGA Tour since 2006 doesn't seem fair to the idea of the sport.

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Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shanebaconblogs@yahoo.com or

Apr 16

The Players Championship moves to a three-hole playoff

It's been known for years as the unofficial fifth major of the year, and the Players Championship made a move on Wednesday that will make it seem even more like a major starting this season.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced that the Players would move to a three-hole playoff format starting this year, meaning if the Players Championship is tied after 72 holes, it won't just be sudden death like every other non-major PGA Tour event.

The holes will be 16-18, meaning the three most famous holes at TPC Sawgrass will be on display in a playoff if it comes down to that, and it makes a lot of sense if you think about it.

In previous years we've seen players go directly to the par-3 17th if there was a playoff, which is obviously one of the most iconic holes in golf but not necessarily the most fair to play once with this huge title on the line. Now, with a par-5 before and a par-4 after, it will allow players a loose swing without it dooming their chances at the huge Players purse.

The Players joins the PGA Championship with their three-hole playoff idea. The British Open plays a four-hole playoff, the U.S. Open goes 18 holes on Monday if the tournament is tied and the Masters remains the only major that plays their extra holes in a sudden death format.

Apr 15

Bubba Watson left a sweet tip at the Waffle House, Steak n’ Shake

Bubba Watson hit the Waffle House after winning the Masters. You already know this. But further details of his post-green-jacket journey are beginning to seep out, and they verify the fact that Watson is most definitely the people's choice among golfers.

The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that Watson hit an Augusta Steak & Shake for shakes around midnight, then followed that up with the Waffle House visit. (His order: double grilled cheese and scattered and covered hash browns.)

According to the Chronicle's sources, Watson left a $24 tip at Steak & Shake and a $148 tip at the Waffle House. Generous, but then again, he'd just won $1.6 million a few miles up the road. He can probably afford it.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

Apr 15

John Daly hits a golf ball teed up in a woman’s mouth

John Daly might be 10 years removed from his last PGA Tour win, but that hasn't stopped him from making the headlines.

After posting a 90 earlier this year on the PGA Tour, Daly spoke before the Masters about how he was sworn off alcohol and uses Diet Coke as a means to avoid drinking.

And he also does stuff like this video below, where a woman (I'm assuming it's one of the two women he tagged in his tweet) allowed Daly to swing a full driver with the ball teed up in her mouth.

The video is incredible, her reaction is exactly what it should be, and John Daly continues to be John Daly, no matter the circumstance.

Apr 15

Report: Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be the featured broadcasting group for the 2015 U.S. Open

The 2014 U.S. Open is just two months away, but with NBC having the second major championship of the year for the last time, we are already looking ahead at what Fox is planning to do when they debut their golf coverage in 2015.

The latest announcement is an interesting one, as sources are telling Sports Business Journal that Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be the featured broadcasting group when the network turns to golf.

Norman, a two-time major champion, never won the U.S. Open, but competed in it 19 times, finishing second in 1984 and 1995. Buck, the man that seems to do it all for Fox, has never broadcasted golf but is apparently a scratch golfer who seems to be versatile enough to do just about anything the network asks.

The team is definitely going to be a different feel from what we've come to expect from the NBC team. Johnny Miller, who can get under viewer's skin at times with his pointed comments and thoughts back to his own accomplishments, is one of the most knowledgeable golf announcers out there, and Dan Hicks always seems to handle himself as a professional and do a solid job in the booth on the 18th.

Buck and Norman will be a new team broadcasting the second biggest golf tournament of the entire year on a golf course that has never hosted the U.S. Open, so if nothing else, it will be a debut for all involved when the golf world turns to Chambers Bay in 14 months.