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NBC/Golf Channel’s Mark Rolfing returns from cancer scare, will work Tournament of Champions

January 04, 2016

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“Mark Rolfing could not imagine anything keeping him away from a golf tournament at Kapalua. Not even cancer,” Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press writes. “‘I cannot believe how good it is to hear my voice,’ Rolfing said, repeating a standard greeting. That voice was filled with so much enthusiasm it sounded as though it could have been coming from the television instead of a telephone.” Rolfing, an NBC/Golf Channel analyst and a Maui resident, returns to work at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week after a five-month battle with a rare form of cancer.


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“They were at various stages of their youth, from diapers to preschool to cut-down golf clubs, their paths to golf stardom far from set. But you can bet they took note of the guy in the red shirt -- or soon would -- as golf became a serious pursuit,” ESPN’s Bob Harig writes in this look at Tiger Woods’ impact across generations.

A big three? Make it five, says Padraig Harrington, who would add Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson to the Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day triumvirate. “I think Rickie Fowler is the real deal,” Harrington said in this wide-ranging Irish Examiner story by Brian Keogh. “I just like his general demeanour. His attitude…Mentally he has showed he can play well under pressure and physically he has the game…He could easily be in that top three.”