CANBERRA, Australia (CBS Tampa) – Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist had to decide whether to extract venom from what was thought to be a potentially fatal spider bite or finish out her qualifying round. Instead, she decided to do both – with the help of a golf tee.
After getting bit by what some onlookers thought was a black widow, Holmqvist used a golf tee to penetrate the swelling and squeeze out the venom from the bite shortly after hitting out of the rough on Tuesday. Holmqvist, playing at the Royal Canberra Golf Club, was bit during the fourth hole of her qualifying round at the LPGA’s Women’s Australian Open. Having swatted the spider away, the Swedish golfer pulled out her golf tee and went to work in an effort to get the venom out as soon as possible.
“A clear fluid came out,” she told Svensk Golf magazine. “It wasn’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible.”
Officials would later say Holmqvist was bitten by a redback instead of a black widow.
Holmqvist would continue the round, but miss the cut after shooting a 74.