Legendary Golf Journalist Tim Rosaforte Dies Aged 66 - Golfing World Pays Tribute

Former Golf Channel, Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated journalist Tim Rosaforte passed away at the age of 66

Tim Rosaforte sitting behind a desk on tv
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Renowned golf journalist Tim Rosaforte sadly passed away at the age of 66 after a battle with alzheimer's disease. The American was one of the most respected voices in the game, known for his work on TV with the Golf Channel as well as his writing through the years for GolfChannel.com, Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated.

Born in New York, Rosaforte first got his break in journalism in Florida at the Tampa Times before moving into the golf world. In his esteemed career working for the Golf Channel, Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated he covered 125 Majors and 17 Ryder Cups. He covered every single Masters between 1983-2019.

Rosaforte was the recipient of the PGA of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism and became the first journalist to be awarded a lifetime membership of the PGA. He also received the Memorial Tournament's golf journalism award and was honored by the Honda Classic, which was his local PGA Tour event, with the media centre being named after him.

Tiger Woods pictured accepting an award from Tim Rosaforte

Rosaforte presents Tiger Woods the Male Player of the Year Award during the Golf Writer's Association of America Awards dinner

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The American was known for his 'insider' scoops and had strong relationships with many of the game's biggest and well-known stars.

Rosaforte leaves behind his wife, Genevieve, daughters, Molly and Genna, and three grandchildren.

A number of figures from the golfing world paid tribute to Rosaforte including 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus. "Many hearts, including Barbara's & mine, hurt today after the passing of our friend Tim Rosaforte," Nicklaus wrote on social media. "Tim had a wonderful ability to develop trust from so many, and because of that—plus his work ethic—if there was an important story to be told in golf, Tim usually reported it first."

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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