No arachnophobia here.
Daniela Holmqvist, former Cal golfer and rookie on the Ladies European Tour, shook off a black widow spider's bite on her ankle and finished her round in the LPGA’s season-opening ISPS Handa Australian Open, the Golf Channel is reporting.
Holmqvist, who completed her senior year at Cal in 2012, played the role of doctor and surgeon immediately after the bite.
After drawing concern from fellow golfers and saying she felt like her ankle was "being stabbed by a knife," the 24-year-old grabbed a golf tee and performed her own bit of surgery: she sliced open the ankle wound and squeezed out the venom, liquid reportedly oozing down her ankle. Nordqvist told Svensk Golf (via the Golf Channel):
"It was not the best-looking thing I’ve done, but I had to get as much out of me as I could.”
Holmqvist finished the final 14 holes, medical personnel in tow. Unfortunately, she failed to qualify after shooting a 74.