Greg Norman: Chainsaw accident sees golfer nearly lose his left hand

Greg Norman
Greg Norman posted a picture on Instagram of him recovering in hospital

Greg Norman is recovering in hospital after almost losing his left hand in a chainsaw accident.

The 59-year-old Australian, who won the Open in 1986 and 1993, posted a picture of himself recovering at a US hospital.

The former world number one, who last week posted a photo of himself cutting back a small tree, tweeted:external-link "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."

Greg Norman
Australian Norman won the Open on two occasions - in 1986 and 1993

Norman, nicknamed The (Great White) Shark because of his distinctive blond hair and aggressive style of play, led the world rankings for a total of 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, a pair of US PGAs and three Masters.

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

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