Black Widow Bites Golfer Daniela Holmqvist, But She Still Finishes The Round!

By Staff Writer on February 14, 2013 12:37 AM EST

Black Widow Bites Golfer Daniela Holmqvist, But She Still Finishes The Round!
Daniela Holmqvist survived a spider attack and finished her round. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Daniela Holmqvist was in the the middle of a round of of professional golf when she suffered a black widow bite. The golfer defied expectations and common sense she played on by finishing the round, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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How did this golfer handle the black widow bite? By opening up the bite with a golf tee. It may sound like a weird joke, but it's the truth. Daniela Holmqvist opened up the wound and then sucked out the black widow's venom.

The Swedish professional golfer described the black widow bite to Golf Digest, explaining that during the fourth hole she felt a sharp pain at her sock line. When she reached down she brushed a way a spider.

Black widow bites are relatively common in Yarralumla, Australia where the Australia Open prequalifier took place, and the golfer's local caddy quickly recognized the spider.

"When I told the local caddies in my group what had happened, they got very upset and said it was a black widow, and immediately started looking for their phones to call the medics," Holmqvist told Golf Digest.

Here's more from the Golf news-site:

As Holmqvist's leg started to swell and the pain became intense, she made the quick decision to take matters into her own hands (she'd just been informed that a Black Widow bite can kill a child in as little as 30 minutes). She pulled a tee out of her pocket ("it was the only thing I had handy," she told Svensk Golf) and used it to cut open the wound so she could squeeze out the venom and keep it from spreading inside her body.

"A clear fluid came out," she said. "It wasn't the prettiest thing I've ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible."

Despite the black widow bite, golfer Daniela Holmqvist refused to quit playing. Instead she opened up the bite with the only thing she had at hand, a golf tee, before sucking out the poison. She continued on, finishing the round with course doctors following her.

Despite her epic story, Daniela Homqvist failed to qualify for the LPGA tournament, scoring a 74. That didn't stop her story from going viral online though, and the "Black Widow Bites Golfer" story was quickly picked up by news-sites across the Internet.

"Daniela Holmqvist, Swedish Golfer, Shakes Off Venomous Spider Bite To Finish Round" wrote the Huffington Post, praising the black widow victim's perseverance.

"Her toughness is probably on par with anyone's on the golf tour," wrote HuffPo's Ron Dicker.

"Rookie golfer suffers Black Widow spider bite during Women's Australian Open, uses golf tee to remove deadly venom," read the NY Daily News' headline.

"After being informed that a bite from a Black Widow can kill a child in about 30 minutes, Daniela Holmqvist channeled her inner MacGyver and took matters into her own hands," wrote Sean Brennan.

"Female Golfer Picks Out Black Widow Venom with Tee, Finishes Round Like a Boss," joked the Bleacher Report.

"Daniela Holmqvist is a rookie golfer on the Ladies European Tour, and also happens to be a cross between Chuck Norris and Bear Grylls," wrote the site's lead pop culture writer Gabe Zaldivar.

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