Golfer Greg Norman recovering from chain saw accident

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Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช
Thank u all for your concern & good wishes. All well the morning after the accident. Here I am at the scene of the crime๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜€ w/my new fashion statement!
Greg Norman of Jupiter, Fl., reads the green on the 16th hole during the first round of the Senior Players Championship golf tournament at the Fox Chapel Country Club in Fox Chapel, Pa., Thursday, June 28, 2012. Norman finished with a three-under-par 67, three shots back of the leader. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Former President Bill Clinton, right, and Greg Norman line up Clinton's putt on the first green of the Palmer Private Course at PGA West during the third round of the Humana Challenge PGA golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
United States Presidents Cup team player Tiger Woods, right, is congratulated by International captain Greg Norman following Woods' singles match victory to retain the Presidents Cup for the U.S. at Harding Park Golf Course Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Olympic champion Michael Phelps, left, chats with Australian golfer Greg Norman during a press conference for the Mission Hills Star Trophy golf tournament at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Haikou, in southern China's island province Hainan, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. The tournament, which invites both celebrities and professional golf players, offers a reward of 1.28 million dollars for the winner. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
Golf Legend and OMEGA Ambassador Greg Norman hosts an exclusive golf clinic for VIP guests on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, IL. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision for OMEGA Watches/AP Images)
Greg Norman talks with reporters after finishing a pro-am event at the Fox Chapel Country Club in Fox Chapel, Pa., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. When Norman tees off on Thursday, in the Senior Players Championship golf tournament, he will be playing in his first Senior Players Championship event since 2009. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Golf Legend and OMEGA Ambassador Greg Norman hosts an exclusive golf clinic for VIP guests on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, IL. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision for OMEGA Watches/AP Images)
Greg Norman tees off on the 16th hole during the second round of the Senior Players Championship golf tournament at the Fox Chapel Country Club in Fox Chapel, Pa., Friday, June 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Greg Norman of Jupiter, Fl., follows through on his tee-shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the Senior Players Championship golf tournament at the Fox Chapel Country Club in Fox Chapel, Pa., Thursday, June 28, 2012. Norman finished with a three-under-par 67, three shots back of the leader. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
International team captain Greg Norman speaks during a press conference announcing his picks to round out the 12 man rosters for the 2009 President's Cup golf tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Greg Norman tees off on the seventh hole during a pro-am event at the Fox Chapel Country Club in Fox Chapel, Pa., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. When Norman tees off on Thursday, in the Senior Players Championship golf tournament, it will be his first Senior Players Championship event since 2009. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
U.S. team captain Fred Couples, left, greets International team captain Greg Norman, right, after the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/David Callow)
Australia's Greg Norman, right, presents the winners trophy to Adam Scott right, in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 after he won the Australian Open golf tournament.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
International team's captain Greg Norman, left, congratulates Ryo Ishikawa of Japan after his winning putt on the 18th green in the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/David Callow)
International team's captain Greg Norman, right, celebrates a win with Adam Scott of Australia on the 11th green during the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/David Callow)
Australia's Greg Norman plays a shot on the 9th hole during the second round of the Australian PGA Golf Championship at the Hyatt Regency in Coolum, Australia, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
Australia's Greg Norman tees off on the 18th green during the third round of the Australian Open golf tournament in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Greg Norman, of Australia, watches his drive on the fourth hole during the first round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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BY DOUG FERGUSON

ATLANTA (AP) - Greg Norman is recovering from a chain saw accident that nearly cost him his left hand, but not his sense of humor.

"At least I can still play tennis," Norman told The Associated Press by phone Sunday morning.

Norman, the 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 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," Norman 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."

He posted a photo on Instagram from the hospital bed of his heavily bandaged left hand 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.

Norman: 'No Major Damage' From Chain Saw

The Shark woke up Sunday to more than 200 comments on Instagram, and news stories from America to Australia.

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

Oddly enough, Norman had posted another Instagram a week earlier standing next to a tree and holding a chain saw. "Time to trim the sea grapes today. Never ask someone to do something that you can do yourself. Love to work!"

Norman said he would 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.

Norman posted another Instagram on Sunday morning, standing in front of the tree without a shirt while giving a thumbs-up with his right hand. His left hand was protected by the purple foam the size of a small waste basket.

"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!"

Norman said he would have to keep the foam for at least a few days and would be in a sling for a few weeks before starting rehab. The 59-year-old Australian was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. He hasn't played competitively in two years.

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

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