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Nate Ross knows his golf

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By Scott Eisberg
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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Many Lowcountry sports fans know Nate Ross - the bald headed guy who's always on regional TV networks commentating college hoops games.

But Nate's other job has been caddying at the Ocean Course for the last 13 years.

Transporting golf stats to fans this week is the perfect gig for Nate Ross. Nobody knows the course or TV better than Nate so he's working for TNT, plotting the shots on their shot tracker.

"You see the animation of the green with 1000 dots? I'm at 17," said Ross. "I followed Bubba Watson around this morning. I work here all the time but I'm having a ball this week. This is tremendous, so much fun."

He knows every fairway and every green on this course. It's his office.

"After 13 years I know they don't break as much as you think they do," said Ross. "You just have to deal with it. The players play different courses every week. It's hard to understand. The ones that will understand will win this thing."

Plotting a picture of this round is hard to imagine. The plot of land he walks is the same... As the plot he usually walks.

"It's kind of special. We knew we had a great course here," said Ross. "Ocean Course at Kiawah is a special place but when you see the infrastructure, to have this tournament, the greatest players in the world playing and not playing well in wind, we know it's kind of special. A neat thing"

While this new gig is fun, he knows the real world returns as soon as that last putt drops.

"All bleachers gone, guys I caddy for shoot 115 instead of even or under," he said. "It's going to be different but memories last forever."

Nate tells us that last week, Swedish golfer Robert Karlson fired his caddy. He came here to Kiawah and took one of the local Ocean Course caddies as his guy on the bag this week. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

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