Erik van Rooyen, others scramble to avoid swarm of bees in wild scene at Mexico Open
Erik van Rooyen was ready to hit his approach shot on the 10th hole at the Mexico Open on Thursday afternoon when he suddenly hit the deck.
Van Rooyen, along with everyone else in the fairway at Vidanta Vallarta, needed to take cover, and quickly. A swarm of bees had instantly descended on the group, which made for a chaotic and unusual moment in the first round of the tournament.
Beware of bees 🐝😂 @MexicoOpenGolf pic.twitter.com/reDNxP7VfH
— Golf on CBS ⛳ (@GolfonCBS) April 27, 2023
Even the Golf Channel camera person had to fall to the ground and wait for them to pass.
Thankfully, the “fog of bees” seemed to pass through the group without causing any damage. And, maybe more importantly, van Rooyen saved his par at the 10th.
Van Rooyen was 3-under on the day at the time. He posted a 7-under 64, and sits just one shot behind early leader Austin Smotherman. Playing partners Francesco Molinari and Chez Reavie finished at 3-under on the day.
“I just saw them here and I just told my caddie, I'm like, ‘Bees, bees, bees,’ and he looks at me like I'm crazy,” van Rooyen said, via the PGA Tour. “So, I dropped down, then he sees them, he dropped down. [Molinari] and [Reavie] look at me like I'm nuts and then they realized, like, 30 seconds later … the bees just went right at them.”
While there’s still a lot of golf to be played, hopefully the craziest part of the week is already behind van Rooyen.