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Swedish golfer inspires by fighting through spider attack to finish match

- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2013

Talk about love of the game. When Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist was bitten by what she thought was a spider carrying deadly venom, she didn't quit and head for hospital care. Rather, she scooped out the venom with her golf tee and went on to finish the match.

In the end, she shot a 74 — and just missed qualifying for the LPGA Tour's seasonal kickoff, the Women's Australian Open, according to The Associated Press.

But her heroic self-medication earned her widespread attention, nonetheless.

It was at the fourth hole that Ms. Holmqvist felt a sharp pain on her ankle, AP reported. She swatted off the spider — only to be told by helpful watchers the spider was perhaps the deadly black widow.

"A clear fluid came out," Ms. Holmqvist said after she dug in the tee and squeezed the area around the bite, AP reported. "It wasn't the prettiest thing I've ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible."

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