Jamie suf­fers chain­saw in­jury hor­ror

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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

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