Jack Newton Accident: How Did Jack Newton Lose His Arm? All you need to know about how the late Australian professional golfer lost his arm.
Jack Newton OAM was an Australian professional golfer. He was one of Australia’s most successful golfers in the 1970s and early 1980s.
He turned professional in 1971 and won his first professional tournament – the Dutch Open – in 1972. Newton notched up several victories over the next decade as he won titles such as the British Matchplay in 1974, the Buick-Goodwrench Open in 1978, and the Australian Open Championship in 1979.
Newton won the PGA Tour of Australia’s Order of Merit in 1979. He finished tied for second at the 1980 Masters Tournament behind the winner Seve Ballesteros.
Jack Newton Accident: How Did Jack Newton Lose His Arm?
On 24 July 1983, during the height of his professional career, Newton had a near-fatal accident when he walked into the spinning propeller of a Cessna airplane he was about to board at Sydney Airport; he was about to return to Newcastle having flown to Sydney that morning to see a VFL game between the Sydney Swans and Melbourne Football Club.
He lost his right arm and eye, and sustained severe abdominal injuries. A severe rainstorm was in progress at the time, and in addition, safety aspects near the plane were deficient.
Immediately after the accident, doctors gave Newton a 50-50 chance of surviving. He spent several days in a coma and eight weeks in intensive care.
After a prolonged rehabilitation from his injuries, Newton returned to public life as a television and radio golf commentator, newspaper reporter, golf course designer, public speaker and Chairman of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation. He taught himself to play golf one-handed, swinging the club with his left hand in a right-handed stance. He typically scored in the mid-80s.
In 2003, Newton was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis, and was rushed to hospital. He suffered no further permanent injuries.
Born on January 30, 1950, in Cessnock, Australia, Newton died on April 14, 2022, at the age of 72.
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