‘It’s funny!’: ‘Fox & Friends’ meet Federico Alba, caddie, comedian and Mafia-y Italian

Celebrity golf coach Federico Alba dropped by “Fox & Friends” this morning to talk about his double life as a Sicilian and that famous caddie, Phil Mickelson. “I am Sicilian,” said Alba, 51, who’s…

‘It’s funny!’: ‘Fox & Friends’ meet Federico Alba, caddie, comedian and Mafia-y Italian

Celebrity golf coach Federico Alba dropped by “Fox & Friends” this morning to talk about his double life as a Sicilian and that famous caddie, Phil Mickelson.

“I am Sicilian,” said Alba, 51, who’s known as the most famous golfer in Italy after the Italian Open Champion Niccolò Baltacha, and now proudly signs autographs outside his practice facility in Florence. “And I have an Italian boy, three kids, a wife and a beautiful restaurant in Florence called Chetta Paolo.”

Alba acknowledged he was a little curious about whether that was indeed the real him behind the all-knowing grin on his face.

“So when I walk in to the show, I want to make sure it’s what I’m carrying inside,” he said.

Alba said his life was life-changing after a successful career as a professional soccer player for the Italian club San Siro – although it wasn’t always an easy path.

“It’s funny, you know? I’m talking about success and I’m not doing it in that country where we all like to play soccer or any sports in the streets of Italy,” he said. “I mean, this was to the Italians… surprise.”

Alba was eventually introduced to the founder of the PGA Tour. The two had never met until the evening after the 1972 Pro-Am at the Italian Open in Monza and bonded over their mutual interest in baseball.

“His first words to me was, ‘You have a lot of caddies – you know, how do you find good caddies?’” Alba said. “And I said, ‘You know, without my caddies, I’m not going to be able to do what I’m doing.’”

At the time, Alba was tasked with using the few available caddies at the event to complete his rounds. But Mickelson offered him the opportunity to work for a few tournaments with him, which eventually led to them becoming close friends.

But once he took the job as a PGA Tour caddie, Alba didn’t work for Mickelson exclusively. The longtime caddie is still friends with several PGA Tour players, and his distinctive look and his Italian accent didn’t go unnoticed.

“People would always ask me, ‘Who are these people?’ and I always made fun of them,” he said. “I’m Italian, my teeth are black – I guess you could say I’m a celebrity.”

Yet he still got asked the same questions over and over again: “What do you like about Italian people? What do you like about Sicilian people?”

Alba said the only thing he got to eat would be tiramisu.

“I would always say that I’m a Mexican,” he said. “I mean, I would describe myself as Mexican in the American way. You know? It’s only joking.”

Alba now lives in Italy full-time, where he focuses on his business as a golfer and caddie, and as a stand-up comedian.

“I started as a stand-up comedian back in 1999 in Italy,” he said. “I started as a voice actor with commercials. I started acting on stage. I love Italian cinema. I love Italian television.”

Alba can be seen this week competing in the Fiji International, the second of six events on the European Tour. He’s been paired with Sweden’s Martin Wiegele on Thursday and Friday of the tournament.

“I am playing for about $200,000 dollars in prizemoney,” he said. “And it’s really nice.”

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