Tim Rosaforte, who made his name as the golf insider for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel, passed away on Tuesday aged 66 due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Tim Rosaforte, biography
The New York native started his career as a sportswriter at regional newspapers in Florida, first at the Tampa Times in 1977, before moving into magazines, including Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest.
He made numerous appearances on the Golf Channel during the 1990s and then officially joined the network in 2007, growing into the role of ‘golf’s insider’ offering behind-the-scenes access of the sport and its biggest stars.
Rosaforte covered 147 Major Championships and 17 Ryder Cups.
He was a past president of the Golf Writers Association of America and was also the recipient of all four of the organisation’s non-daily awards, also receiving the PGA of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism in 2014.
In 2020, Rosaforte also became the first golf journalist to be awarded a lifetime PGA membership – and was just the 12th person to receive the designation of PGA Honorary Member. He retired after his diagnosis in 2019.
Leading the tributes was European Tour group Chief Executive Keith Pelley who said: “Tim Rosaforte was a gentleman and also a gentle man, thoughtful and incisive in his journalistic and broadcast work over many years and, in many ways, he epitomised what journalistic integrity was all about. Our golfing family is, without question, poorer at the news of his untimely passing and the thoughts of everyone at the European Tour group are with his family at this sad time.”
PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said: “The PGA TOUR family lost a friend today in Tim Rosaforte, one of the great golf journalists of his generation. Tim was an amazing storyteller and spent much of his energy on showcasing what sets golf apart from other sports – the people and the personalities.
“A true professional, Tim always treated our organization and our athletes fairly. Writing and speaking with an opinion but without an agenda. He never stopped working the phones, ensuring that he not only got the story first, he got the story right. Those phone calls – and Tim’s gentle spirit – will be missed tremendously by all of us lucky enough to be part of the greater golf community.”
Rosaforte is survived by his wife Genevieve, daughters Genna and Molly and three grandchildren.