16 Sep 2014

Shark recovers from chainsaw accident

6:50 am on 16 September 2014

The Australian golf great Greg Norman is expected "to make a full recovery" after he nearly lost his left hand in a chainsaw accident.

Australian golf legend Greg Norman

Australian golf legend Greg Norman Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 59-year-old, who won the Open in 1986 and 1993, injured himself trying to cut some tree branches at his home in Florda and tweeted pictures from hospital.

He has since had surgery on his arm to repair "some minor nerve damage".

A statement says Norman was spending the afternoon cleaning up some trees in his backyard on Jupiter Island, Florida 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.

He said the chainsaw "missed his artery by a fraction of an inch" but has now returned home to rest and recover.

Norman, nicknamed The Great White Shark because of his distinctive blond hair and aggressive style of play, led the world rankings for 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s.

As well as his major wins at Turnberry and Royal St George's, he finished runner-up in two US Opens, two US PGAs and three Masters.

In 1996 he famously blew a six-shot lead at Augusta to hand victory to England's Nick Faldo.