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Tim Rosaforte, longtime golf writer and insider, dies at 66

Tim Rosaforte, a longtime golf writer and insider, died at 66 after a brief bout with Alzheimer’s.

Rosaforte wrote for a number of outlets, including Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest. He began contributing to Golf Channel as an insider in the 1990s and officially joined the network in 2007.

Rosaforte worked at Golf Channel until his retirement in 2019.

He covered 17 Ryder Cups and more than 125 majors in his career, including every Masters tournament from 1983 through 2019.

When he received a journalism award for his contributions to golf in late 2020, Rosaforte was honored by Jack Nicklaus and referred to as a longtime friend.

Tim Rosaforte presents Tiger Woods the Male Player of the Year Award during the Golf Writer's Association of America Awards dinner at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on April 4, 2007 in Augusta, Georgia.
Tim Rosaforte presents award to Tiger Woods in 2007.
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Tim Rosaforte presents award to Jack Nicklaus in 2009.
Tim Rosaforte presents award to Jack Nicklaus in 2009.
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“We at NBC Sports are all so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and colleague, Tim Rosaforte. Tim was one of the great voices of the game for many years, and a strong and trusted presence for the entire golf community,” NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua said in a statement. “On a personal level, I will miss our conversations and the walks we would take around championship venues over the course of the last two-plus decades.”

“Tim Rosaforte was golf journalism’s original ‘insider.’ He was endlessly curious about people, tirelessly intrigued by golf and blessed with an indefatigable work ethic,” added Golf Channel executive producer Molly Solomon. “He combined all of that to produce entertaining and informative storytelling that distinguished him, first as a newspaper and magazine writer, and then as a television personality.

Vice-Captain of the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, Tom Lehman, and Tim Rosaforte speak during Ryder Cup Captain Selection Press Conference at the PGA of America Feb. 24, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Tim Rosaforte talking to Tom Lehman at the Ryder Cup.
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“More than that, his gentle, caring demeanor and love for quality conversation made him a singular friend and colleague. All of us at Golf Channel have struggled over the past two years to reconcile that our best teammate was losing his memory, curiosity and perspective to this insidious disease. We send our love to [wife] Genevieve, [daughters] Genna and Molly and his family.”

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