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Daniela Holmqvist, Swedish Golfer, Shakes Off Venomous Spider Bite To Finish Round [UPDATED]

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Courtesy of Cal Athletics
Courtesy of Cal Athletics

Her toughness is probably on par with anyone's on the golf tour.

Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist got bitten by what was initially reported to be a black widow spider on Tuesday and gouged out the poison with a tee to finish the round, Golf Digest reported, based on an article in Swedish-language Svensk Golf.

Australian Golf Digest later reported the spider was a redback, a widow relative that is also dangerous.

Doctors at the qualifying tournament in Yarralumla, Australia, tracked her the final 14 holes, according to the original report. Holmqvist shot a 74 on the Royal Canberra Country Club course and, unfortunately, failed to earn her way into the LPGA Tour's Handa Australian Open.

"That really bites," ESPN quipped of her finish.

But we imagine she scored the lowest round ever for a golfer attacked by a highly venomous arachnid. "Badass was what I was going for," she tweeted.

"Golfers are often subjected to Mother Nature and various animal encounters, but certainly we were surprised to hear about that incident and simultaneously impressed by her quick thinking," LPGA Tour spokesman Mike Scanlan told The Huffington Post.

According to, redback bites can cause sweating, vomiting and weakness. But antivenom has been developed.

Holmqvist, who played college golf at the University of California, Berkeley, told Svensk after her round was over that the wound on her ankle still hurt. She later tweeted that she was on antibiotics and other medication.

This article was updated throughout to include new information about the venomous spider that likely bit Holmqvist.

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