She has assumed the nickname ‘Spiderwoman’, but Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist showed quick thinking after being bitten by a Black Widow spider in competition.
By Declan Whooley
The Swedish woman was competing at the Australian Open, a qualifying event on the LPGA, when she was bitten on the ankle by the deadly spider on the fourth hole.
While her caddy and others immediately called for assistance, a bite from the spider can be fatal within an hour, so she decided to show her MacGyver skills.
Using her golf tee, she cut open her wound and squeezed out the venom.
“A clear fluid came out, it wasn’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible,” she told Swedish media.
Not put off by the incident, Holmqvist carried on with her round, shooting a 74 that saw her miss the cut.
She did concede it was a scary moment and would pay more attention when playing in Australia again.