Mark Rolfing is one of those commentators who doesn’t call attention to himself and does his job well. Long a part of golf coverage on TV whether it’s been on ABC/ESPN or NBC/Golf Channel, Rolfing underwent a procedure to treat a malignant tumor in his cheek.

In a statement, Rolfing said it was successfully removed last week:

“I underwent a procedure to remove a malignant growth from my left cheek area. I’m happy to report the surgery was successful and the prognosis is good. (Wife) Debi and I are overwhelmed by the support we have received and would like to thank everyone for their well-wishes.”

Rolfing hopes that he’ll be back with NBC/Golf Channel in time for coverage of the FedEx Cup. NBC’s coverage of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs begins Labor Day weekend with the Deutsche Bank Championship and will end with the Tour Championship.

It’s hard to believe that Rolfing has been on PGA Tour coverage dating back to 1986 and he’s been with NBC since 1997. He’s been an on-course reporter and a tower announcer for NBC and calls Hawaii home. In addition to working NBC’s golf coverage, Rolfing has hosted his own series, Global Golf Adventure. He’s also appeared on Golf Channel’s Live From and Morning Drive shows.

Here’s hoping he’ll be back better than ever on NBC’s golf coverage next month.


About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.