Cobra Golf’s Greg Norman recovering after chainsaw accident

Greg “The Shark” Norman is recovering from a chainsaw accident that almost cost him his left hand.

''At least I can still play tennis,” was the Cobra Golf ambassador’s response on Sunday morning during an interview over the phone with The Associated Press.

Norman, a Hall of Fame golfer and entrepreneur, was cutting back trees in his South Florida home when the weight of a branch pulled his left hand toward the chainsaw. Norman said the blade took him just below where a person would be wearing a wristwatch. He added that the doctors told him it missed his artery by a fraction of an inch.

Normal posted a photograph of himself via Instagram from his hospital bed, in which his heavily bandaged left hand is protected by a large piece of purple foam. ''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,'' he posted.

Normal was greeted by more than 200 comments on Instagram when he work up on Sunday, as well as seeing news stories from America to the UK to Australia.

''I just didn't expect when I posted that Instagram that it would explode like that,'' Norman said.

A week earlier, The Shark had posted another Instagram picture of himself standing out in his back garden next to a tree and holding a chainsaw, with the comment: ''Time to trim the sea grapes today. Never ask someone to do something that you can do yourself. Love to work!''

But despite the eerie foreshadowing and his near limb-losing accident, Normal says he’d do it again.

''When I'm on a ranch, I love to run the bulldozer, the grader, whatever. I like doing stuff. I never ask anybody to do that for me if I can do it myself,'' he said.

And there was yet another picture posted to Instagram on Sunday morning, this time with Normal standing in front of the tree without a shirt while giving the camera a thumbs-up with his right hand – his left protected by the purple foam.

''Thank u all for your concern & good wishes. All well the morning after the accident. Here I am at the scene of the crime w/ my new fashion statement!''

Normal said the foam would need to be on for at least a few days and would still be in a sling for several weeks before he began rehab. The 59-year-old Australian was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001, but hasn’t played competitively in two years. He’s also an ambassador for Cobra Golf.

''There's a little tingling in my fingers, which is better than no fingers at all,'' he said.