Tim Rosaforte, one of America’s top golf journalists, reportedly died in Florida on Tuesday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 66.

A native of Mount Kisco, New York, Rosaforte was the only second person in his family to go to college for higher studies. He started his career at The Tampa Times in 1977. He went on to write for publications like The Palm Beach Post, Sports Illustrated, and Golf World. He joined Golf Channel in 2007 and continued working there until his retirement in 2019.

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Throughout his career, Rosaforte covered scores of majors, including every Masters tournament from 1983 till his retirement.

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The PGA of America made Rosaforte its 12th honorary member, the first journalist to receive the honor. He also received Memorial Golf Journalism Award in 2021 and served as president of the Golf Writers Association of America.

“There’s a lot of insiders in sports today, people like Adam Schefter, Peter Gammons and Tim Kurkjian. If you go back 30 years, Tim was doing that before most of them,” Geoff Russell, who was Rosaforte’s boss at Golf World told The Post. 

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Tommy Roy, NBC golf’s executive producer, told The Post, “He was clearly the trailblazer in this role. It seems like there’s so many people out there who are ‘gotcha’ writers. They find a way to rip people and attack them. Tim wasn’t like that. He was so well respected.”

He is survived by his wife, daughters and grandchildren.