Mark Rolfing rejoined the NBC Sports golf coverage team in October 1997 after eight years with ABC Sports. Rolfing works on NBC’s coverage of the PGA Tour, as well as events such as The Players Championship, U.S. Open, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup.
Rolfing, who began his commentating career at ESPN in 1986, joined NBC in 1988 for the network’s coverage of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He worked as a course reporter and analyst on the NBC Golf Tour through the 1991 Ryder Cup at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. before departing for ABC.
“Mark is an experienced course reporter who has developed great relationships with the players and caddies over the years,” said Tom Roy, Executive Producer, NBC Sports. “Mark does a nice job delivering the key information on club selection, course conditions and yardage. He’s also opinionated, which starts off interesting and entertaining conversations with Johnny Miller.”
Golf World’s John Hawkins named Rolfing to his list of golf’s top television commentators. “He hustles, gets good information and isn’t afraid to voice an opinion,” wrote Hawkins.
“The most important thing for me is to tell you, the viewer, something that you don’t know – something that I would know because I’m down there on the ground,” said Rolfing. “I try to find something that’s going to add to the enjoyment of the viewer.”
Following a successful high school career, Rolfing played college golf at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he was conference champion. One of Rolfing’s teammates and roommates at DePauw was future Vice President Dan Quayle. In 1999, Rolfing was inducted into the DePauw Hall of Fame.
Rolfing turned professional in 1973. After two years of competition on professional tours from Europe to Asia, Rolfing joined the Kapalua Resort on Maui as an assistant professional. He was promoted to Director of Marketing and Recreation and helped create the Isuzu Kapalua International tournament.
In 1985, he created Rolfing Productions, which managed and produced the Isuzu Kapalua International. Rolfing Productions also manages and promotes golf, tennis, windsurfing and college basketball events. Rolfing was inducted into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.
Rolfing earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from DePauw and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in education from Northern Illinois University.Download Bio