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Greg Norman had accident premonition

September 18, 2014

The scariest story of the week in golf has to be Greg Norman's near-disaster with a chainsaw last Saturday while trimming trees at his Jupiter Island, Florda, compound. After his trip to the hospital, the Shark was up and around almost immediately, thankful that his injury wasn't worse than it as. And, he has admitted, he had a weird feeling before he went out to work.

"I had a premonition, to tell you the truth, as I was getting my chainsaw ready that something bad was going to happen," Norman told Frank Keogh of the BBC. "I had this premonition and almost pulled out of it, but I thought it's not a big tree, not a real difficult task to do.

"We all have premonitions. That one was just unusually prophetic, I guess," he added. "I nearly didn't go down and chainsaw. The moral of the story is to trust your internal mechanism."

Norman explained that he was almost finished with his chainsawing chores for the day when the accident occurred.

"I was about four branches from being done, and there was one branch about chest high and I cut through and took my finger off the trigger," he said. "The branch was just about ready, was falling straight down, and I went to grab it with my left hand, but it was a little heavier than I anticipated.

"The weight took my arm, right above where you wear your watch on your left wrist, and took it right into the chains as it was spooling down," he added. "I was very lucky in a lot of ways," he admitted.

"If the chainsaw was going at full speed, my hand would have been cut off, and it missed my ulna nerve and muscles, so I was extremely, extremely lucky in that regard, by fractions of millimeters."

After the accident, Norman and his family rushed to the hospital, where a hand surgeon performed a one-hour procedure to repair some nerve damage. He hopes to be healed enough to play in a celebrity tournament in China at the end of October.

"I've already started doing my own rehabbing exercises by putting the index finger of my right hand into my left hand and gripping it like a golf club, squeezing my top three fingers," he said.

"If my recovery allows me to getting back to hitting balls in three weeks, I think I'll be back with a putter in my hand, maybe a chipper just to see how I feel. "That's Greg Norman's word for it, though," he admitted, "not the doctor's."




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