Ryder Cup star Luke Donald has revealed that he still carries a snake tooth in his hand after being bitten by a 7ft boa constrictor in a horrifying attack. The incident occurred during his time at Northwestern University in Illinois, USA, where Donald studied before turning pro in 2001.
A Close Call
Recalling the incident that happened back in 2006, Donald described how he was at a friend's place when the attack occurred. Intrigued by the pet snake, he asked permission to touch it, but the snake mistook his hand for food and bit him across the first two fingers of his left hand. Donald had to go to the hospital the next morning to have the snake teeth removed, but one tooth was so deep that it is still in his hand today. Despite not having a visible scar, he can still feel the tooth as a small bump on his index finger.
A Surprising Turn
Surprisingly, Donald's snake attack story became a part of the 2000 comedy film Road Trip. The incident was passed on to a movie producer, who found it amusing and included it in the film, making Donald "famous" in a way.
Captaining Team Europe
As Luke Donald prepares to captain Team Europe at this weekend's Ryder Cup in Rome, he will surely be hoping to avoid any further encounters with dangerous creatures. The veteran golfer, who has participated in four previous Ryder Cup tournaments as a player, will lead Europe in their quest to reclaim the title after the USA's victory in 2021. The highly anticipated tournament kicks off on Friday at Marco Simone and will conclude on Sunday, promising three days of thrilling golf.