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Golfer Greg Norman laughs off chainsaw accident that nearly cost him his hand

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This photo provided by Greg Norman and posted on Instagram on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014,  shows Norman giving the thumbs up with his left hand  protected by a purple foam after a chainsaw accident

This photo provided by Greg Norman and posted on Instagram on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, shows Norman giving the thumbs up with his left hand protected by a purple foam after a chainsaw accident

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This photo provided by Greg Norman and posted on Instagram on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, shows Norman giving the thumbs up with his left hand protected by a purple foam after a chainsaw accident

Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humour.

"At least I can still play tennis," he said yesterday.

He posted this picture of himself on line. He was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chain saw. He said the blade hit him just below where a person would be wearing a wrist watch. He said doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch.

"Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," he said. "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."

Irish Independent