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Tim Rosaforte, the veteran television news reporter who delivered scoop after scoop as a well-connected “insider” working for the Golf Channel and NBC, has died. He was 66 years old.

Rosaforte died Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a publication on the Golf Channel website.

After starting in The Tampa Times in 1977 and writing for publications like The Palm Beach Post, Illustrated Sports, golf summary Y golf world, Rosaforte joined the Golf Channel in 2007 and remained there until her retirement in 2019.

Along the way, he covered dozens of majors, including every Masters tournaments from 1983 to 2019, and 17 Ryder Cups.

“Rosaforte rubbed shoulders with presidents, literally, and had phone numbers for other heads of state,” Craig Dolch wrote Tuesday at the Mail. “More importantly, he had access to the superstars of the game like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and every other important person. Rosaforte had so many contacts that she had two telephones. Legendary broadcaster Jim Nantz said Rosaforte once had Woods on one line and Palmer on the other. “

“There are many experts in sports today, people like Adam Schefter, Peter Gammons and Tim Kurkjian,” Geoff Russell, who was Rosaforte’s boss at golf world and later Golf Channel, says in the Dolch article. “If you go back 30 years, Tim was doing that before most of them.”

Born in Mount Kisco, New York, Rosaforte received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism from the US PGA and the Memorial Tournament Golf Journalism Award from the Nicklaus event. The PGA also awarded him a lifetime membership, the first journalist to receive the honor.

He also served as president of the Golf Writers Association of America.

Last year, the University of Rhode Island created an endowed scholarship to help students study neuroscience in honor of Rosaforte, who graduated from the school in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Genevieve; daughters Molly and Genna; and grandchildren Graham, Finn, and Saylor.

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