Angelo Argea (November 7, 1929 – October 10, 2005) was best known as the caddy for Jack Nicklaus.
Argea was born in Greece. He and Nicklaus first met at the Palm Springs Classic in 1963, when Argea signed up to caddy for him. Argea continued to caddy for Nicklaus for over 20 years. During this time, he was on the bag for 44 of Nicklaus' 70 PGA Tour wins (that tally would later be revised to 73 when British Open wins were added to PGA Tour win records). Argea was easily recognizable by his gray afro. Of Argea, Nicklaus has remarked, "Essentially, he has been retired since he was twenty-one."
A golfer once noticed that Argea didn't read greens, step off the yardage or select clubs, so he asked Argea, "What exactly do you do for Jack?" Argea replied, "He asked me to do two things. When he's not playing well, one, remind him that he's the best golfer out there. And two, that there's plenty of holes left."
"Angelo was known for his ... gray afro, but he should also be known for being an excellent caddie," Nicklaus said.
He was inducted into the PCA Worldwide Caddy Hall of Fame in 1999. Argea died of liver cancer at age 75.
^ The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations, ed. Jim Apfelbaum. 2007.
Associated Press obituary
PCA Worldwide Caddy Hall of Fame, 1999
Golf Today, May 9, 2001
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