Greg Norman “lucky” to still have hand after chainsaw accident

Norman last week posted a photo of himself working with a chainsaw to cut back a small tree.Instagram: @shark_gregnorman
Norman last week posted a photo of himself working with a chainsaw to cut back a small tree.Instagram: @shark_gregnorman

GOLFING great Greg Norman is expected to fully recover after a chainsaw accident which could have severed his left hand.

The 59 year old underwent surgery on Saturday September 13 after the accident in the backyard of his home on Jupiter Island, Florida.

Norman in a cast at the scene of the accident
Norman in a cast at the scene of the accident

Norman later posted photos on Instagram showing him lying in a hospital bed and later at the scene of the accident sporting a large pink cast on his arm.

“Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand,” the former world No.1 wrote.

Norman’s official website reported the Shark was spending the afternoon cleaning up some trees when a large branch unexpectedly started to come down on him. Attempting to catch the branch, Norman dropped the chainsaw. The weight of the branch brought Norman’s arm down upon the saw that was “thankfully slowing”.

Norman elected to undergo surgery while in the hospital to repair some minor nerve damage. According to the specialists who tended to Norman, he will not sustain any long-term, permanent damage.

“Following the surgery, Norman returned home to rest and recover. Both Norman and the doctors expect him to have a full, speedy recovery and to be able to return back to playing golf and attacking life shortly,” the website said.

Norman, who doesn’t play that much competitive golf these days, reportedly told Associated Press: “At least I can still play tennis.”

“Thank God the blade wasn’t running full speed or it would have taken my hand off. I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am.’’

Greg Norman hospital


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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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