Seasoned Writer and Golf Channel ‘Insider’ Tim Rosaforte Dies After Alzheimer’s Battle

Tim Rosaforte, the veteran journalist who became one of television’s first “insiders”, died Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, after a brief battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 66 years old.

Rosaforte retired at the end of 2019 after a decorated career that included stops at Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Golf Channel. He officially joined the Golf Channel in 2007, but first appeared on the network in the mid-1990s, when the company was in its infancy. Over the years, he has grown into the leading role of golf’s “insider”, offering notes and behind-the-scenes information on the sport and its biggest names.

One of the game’s most respected voices and well-connected journalists, Rosaforte has covered over 125 major tournaments and 17 Ryder Cups; the 2020 edition was the first Masters it had missed since 1983.

During his distinguished career, Rosaforte has received both the PGA of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism and the Memorial Tournament Golf Journalism Award. The PGA also awarded him a lifetime membership, the first journalist to receive this honor. He was honored again last year when the Honda Classic, an event he covered for three decades near his South Florida home, gave his media center its name. The tournament also announced the Tim Rosaforte Distinguished Writers’ Award, which will be awarded annually. Rosaforte was the first recipient.

BY Jaime Diaz

Tim Rosaforte will always be the big, tough guy I first met in the mid-80s, Jaime Diaz recalls, but I soon learned that his most salient quality was an endearing vulnerability.

Born October 25, 1955 in Mount Kisco, New York, Rosaforte began his career with the Tampa Times in 1977, Rosaforte went on to the Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest / Golf World. In all, he has won over 40 writing awards, including first place in the four non-daily categories of the Golf Writers Association of America’s writing competition. Last year, the University of Rhode Island announced the creation of an endowed scholarship in honor of Rosaforte, who graduated from URI in 1977.

Rosaforte is survived by his wife, Geneviève, and his daughters, Molly and Genna, and three grandchildren.