Golf Channel journalist Tim Rosaforte has been with the network since 2007, but he’s covered golf for over four decades. Today, he announced that he’ll be retiring at the end of the year, meaning golf coverage will lose one of its more insightful voices.
From Golf Channel:
One of the most well-respected voices in the game, Rosaforte, 64, joined Golf Channel as an Insider in 2007 while also working as an award-winning senior writer for Golf Digest and Golf World. He increased his role within the company in 2018, reporting exclusively on the game’s top players and trends for “Morning Drive,” “Golf Central” and “Live From,” in addition to his weekly notes column for GolfChannel.com.
“Tim Rosaforte has been a stalwart of golf journalism for more than 40 years, first as a newspaper reporter in South Florida, then as a magazine writer for Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Golf World, and finally as a television insider for NBC and Golf Channel,” said Geoff Russell, executive editor of Golf Channel. “As our industry evolved, Tim evolved with it. No matter the platform, he excelled and established the standard for the rest of us to try and match. Golf Channel will miss him, and so will the entire golf community. But our loss is his family’s gain. No one I know deserves a happier retirement more than Tim Rosaforte.”
As Golf Channel notes, since 1980 Rosaforte has covered over 125 majors and 17 Ryder Cups. Truly a life in golf. Rosaforte’s own statement was short, but to the point:
For some reason that article doesn't include Rosie's statement, so, via @GolfChannelPR: "It’s been a great run, but now it’s time to reset my focus from golf to family. I’ll always have fond memories of GOLF Channel and all the great people that work there.” #PGATOUR #golf
— Jeremy Schilling (@jschil) December 19, 2019
It’s obviously a loss for Golf Channel as they head into their newly extended rights deal with the PGA Tour, but it’s an even bigger loss for viewers. Rosaforte was a calm voice, both informed and informative. Still, it’s hard to argue he doesn’t deserve to retire now given the 40 years or so he’s given to his audience.