(whimsical music)(man groaning)- [Narrator] Golf isn't known for beingthe most forgiving game.
- [Man] Shit!- [Narrator] But there's nothing quitelike shanking your ball into the drink or pond.
That's where this guy comes in.
Here at TPC Sawgrass, hundreds of golfers lose their ballsto the infamous par three 17th hole.
But one golfer's misery is another man's gold.
This is Gordon Davis.
- My name is Gordon Davis,and I'm a professional golf ball diver.
- [Narrator] And he makes a living diving for golf ballsall over Florida.
- [Gordon] I've been diving for golf ballsapproximately 50 years.
- [Narrator] There are a lot of balls to be found.
- On average, when I'm diving, I'll pick up 3 to 4,000.
- [Narrator] 3,000 to 4, 000?- 3,000 to 4,000.
- [Narrator] Whoa.
So, how do you find these golf balls?- [Gordon] It's mostly, you know, just feel,picking them up out of the mudand some places the mud's so deepthat you can't do nothing with it, you know?- [Narrator] And it's that mud that makes it impossibleto see, well, anything.
- [Gordon] Most courses,there’s very few that has clear water.
Most of them has poor visibilitybecause of the algae and all that.
- [Narrator] So what happens next?- After I pull the balls out, they go through,pick out some of them, and they take them from there.
- [Narrator] They being someone who wantsto repurpose these balls.
- These balls are authentic.
- [Narrator] These authentic balls are diced up,placed in all sorts of usable keepsakeslike saw grass, watches, and bottle openers.
And Gordon, he knows what it takesto be a professional golf ball diver.
- What I tell people is you gotta be kind of a special catto be a golf all diver, somebody with gritand that wants to be an independent person.
It's like any other business, someone has to do it.
Everybody has a different job and this happens to be mine.
- [Narrator] Seeing as you're kind of a special cat,any advice for golfers trying to keep their balls dry?- [Gordon] Yeah, take up another sport.