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Golf legend Greg Norman nearly loses hand in chainsaw accident

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Sep 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-14 15:57:32-04

Golf legend Greg Norman says he’s lucky to still have his left hand after a chainsaw accident.

The Australian, who won 20 U.S. PGA Tour titles, posted a photo late Saturday on his Instagram account showing him lying in a hospital bed.

“Working with a chainsaw ALWAYS be respectful of the unexpected,” he wrote in the caption. “I was one lucky man today. Damaged, but not down & out. Still have left hand.”

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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 hand👍👏💪

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Norman, popularly known as the “Great White Shark,” didn’t give further details on his injuries.

Last weekend, he had posted a picture of himself holding a chainsaw next to a tree with several branches already severed.

“Time to trim the sea grapes today,” the caption on that photo said. “Never ask someone to do something that you can do yourself. Love to work!”

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Time to trim the sea grapes today. Never ask someone to do something that you can do yourself. Love to work!

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As news of his injury spread Sunday, people flocked to his Instagram and Twitter feeds to express concern and wish the 59-year-old a speedy recovery.

Norman was one of the dominant golfers in the 1980s and 1990s, spending a total of 331 weeks at the top of the world rankings and winning two British Open Championships.

CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this report.