As he was preparing to cut some tree limbs on Saturday, Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman couldn't shake an eerie premonition that something would go awry. A short time later, he was being rushed to the emergency room after his chainsaw cut into his left wrist.
"It was actually very, very scary,'' a recovering Norman told Matt Lauer during a phone interview on TODAY Monday.
"Well, not scary I suppose, but spooky in a way. I was putting my chainsaw in the back of my cart to go down there and do it, and this feeling came over me and I said, something bad is going to happen. I paused, and I said, 'Nah, you know what, let's just take our time.'"
"I'm a very positive guy so I said, 'Let's just plow through this.' Lo and behold, the moral of the story is trust your premonition. If I ever have that feeling again, I'm not doing what I'm supposed to be doing."
More from Norman on the accident:
- On how it occurred: "The weight of the limb was heavier than I anticipated, so as I was pointing the chainsaw away, the limb came and took my arm right down on top of the blade."
- On escaping more serious harm: "I was very, very lucky. No. 1, the blade was slowing down. No. 2, I missed my main artery and tendon by micro-millimeters. My first call was to my wife, Kiki. I said, 'You better get a towel and a tourniquet and meet me in the backyard.'''