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On-course Commentator, golf, ABC Sports
Bob Rosburg has roamed golf courses professionally since 1953, first as a touring pro; but since 1975 he is better known as the roving analyst for ABC Sports' coverage of golf. "Rossie" has made a smooth transition from carrying a putter to carrying a microphone for many of ABC's major golf championships.
Rosburg draws from almost 30 years of experience on the tour and, with his somewhat outspoken style, gives ABC viewers insight into what the players are thinking and feeling. He knows the golfers and the courses, and knows what it's like to win a major championship (he captured the 1959 PGA Championship in Minneapolis). He also knows what it's like to come close without winning, having twice finished second and once third in the U.S. Open.
During his career on the tour, Rosburg was a consistent golfer. He won seven tour events before moving into semi-retirement after the 1972 season, his most successful financially.
It was during the 1972 season that he recorded what was perhaps his most gratifying moment as a pro, when he won the Bob Hope Desert Classic by one stroke over Lanny Wadkins. The last time he had won was in the 1961 Bing Crosby.
"Just to come back and prove to myself after 11 years that I still could win -- well . . . words can't explain it," Rosburg said after that victory.
Rosburg's best performance year was 1959, when he finished seventh on the money list and was named to the Ryder Cup team after winning the PGA and finishing second in the Open.
The 78-year-old graduate of Stanford University was an outstanding baseball player during his collegiate days, and almost chose baseball as a career over golf.
Rosburg and his wife, Eleanor, reside in La Quinta, California. He has two sons, Robert and Bruce, and a daughter, Deborah.