PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL. (THECOUNT) — Tim Rosaforte, a senior writer at Golf Digest for more than 2 decades and a former co-host of USA Network’s “PGA Tour Sunday” program, has died Tuesday, according to reports. He was 66.
Rosaforte died as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, according to longtime family friend Craig Dolch.
Born Oct. 25, 1955, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., Rosaforte began his career in journalism in 1977 at the Tampa Times after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island, where he played linebacker on the football team. He wrote for three other Florida newspapers before joining Sports Illustrated in 1994. Two years later, he was hired as a senior writer for sister publications Golf World and Golf Digest, and he remained on the staff of Golf Digest until 2018, reports GolfDigest.
Rosaforte won more than 40 writing awards and was the author of three books.
Rosaforte’s television career began in 2003 as co-host of USA Network’s “PGA Tour Sunday” program, and in 2007 he joined Golf Channel as a contributor while also appearing on NBC Sports during coverage of its major golf events, including the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup. He retired in 2020 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“Tim developed relationships and trust from so many in the game, and you always know that if there was an important story to be told in golf, Tim was going to be the first call you received and usually the first one to report it,” Jack Nicklaus said last year after Rosaforte received the Memorial Golf Journalism Award at Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
A past president of the Golf Writers Association of America, Rosaforte covered more than 150 major championships. He received the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism in 2014, and in 2020 he was awarded an honorary membership in the PGA of America, making him the first journalist and just the 12th person ever to earn such a distinction. In 2021, The Honda Classic, the PGA Tour stop in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., created the Tim Rosaforte Distinguished Service Award and dedicated its media room in his name.
Rosaforte is survived by his wife Genevieve and two daughters, Genna and Molly, and three grandchildren.
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