The new poster child for playing with pain

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Bret Lewis

Bret Lewis

When you think of tough athletes, you might not think about golfers. Until you hear the story of rookie Daniela Holmqvist of Sweeden on the Ladies’ European Tour. She was four holes into the second round in a tournament in Australia when she was bitten by a black widow spider.

 Her leg started to swell; the pain was intense. She was told it could be fatal.

 So Daniela pulled a golf tee out of her pocket, used the sharp end to puncture the wound, squeezed out what she described as a clear fluid, and then finished the round — 14 more holes — limping all the way.

 She only shot a 74 and didn’t make the cut, but I think we can “cut” her some slack.

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