Jamie suffers chainsaw injury horror
TOP golfer Jamie Donaldson has been ruled out of action for the next few weeks after suffering a gruesome hand injury during an accident with a chainsaw.
The Macclesfield golfer was forced to have a number of stitches in his hand in order to deal with the injury.
He revealed the news to his fans on Twitter, tweeting: “So folks, in my time off I decided to have a fight with a chainsaw and lost. Oops! See you in Dubai.”
Donaldson gained worldwide attention in 2014 when he hit the putt that secured Europe the point they needed to win the Ryder Cup against the USA.
He has three wins on the European Tour in his career after winning the Irish Open in 2012, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Gold Championship in 2013 and the D+D Real Czech Masters in 2014.
Donaldson also won the Thailand Golf Championship last month, finishing ahead of Lee Westwood and Clement Sordet.
His injury means the 40-year-old is likely to be side-lined until the Dubai Desert Classic event that takes place next month.
The Dubai Desert Classic takes place between February 4 and 7, and will feature a number high profile golfers from around the world.
Reigning 2015 champion Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Ernie Els are just some of the names that will feature, and Els is excited to be back playing on one of his favourite courses.
“It feels great to return to a course where you have enjoyed some success. I think everyone knows I love playing in Dubai,” said Els.
“On the Majlis Course, I like the lines off the tees and the greens are quite soft so if you get your ball up, you can shoot some good scores.
“It will be fun to be competing in the tournament and obviously I will be looking to win the event again.”
Donaldson’s injury isn’t the first time that a golfer has suffered a chainsaw accident, as Greg Norman had a similar incident in 2014.
The two-time major winner almost lost his left hand while cutting down some tree branches back in Australia.
Norman also took to social media at the time to explain his predicament to fans, tweeting: “When working with a chainsaw, always be respectful of the unexpected. I was one lucky man today. I’m damaged but not down and out and I still have my left hand.”
● Jamie Donaldson displays his injury on his Twitter feed