Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our golf correspondent

About Iain

Iain has been the BBC's Golf Correspondent since 2003.... Read more about Iain Carter

Since then he has led commentary teams for 5 live at major championships and Ryder Cups. Accruing hundreds of thousands of airmiles each year, Iain travels the golfing globe to provide reports, blogs and tweets from all of the game's most important tournaments.

In his spare time Iain desperately tries to cling on to a single-figure handicap.

A sports journalist since the mid-1980s, he also commentates on rugby union and tennis.

Melissa Reid

Reid's tale of triumph and tragedy

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British golfer Melissa Reid admits she was a golfing "robot" who rebelled in the wake of her mother's untimely death two years ago.

Now she is celebrating her most important victory having returned to the winner's circle at the Turkish Airlines Open on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

One direction for relentless McIlroy

Read full article on 'One direction' - Rory McIlroy's year summed up in two words

A year ago this week, Rory McIlroy appeared a shattered man in the wake of his split from Caroline Wozniacki.

At an eve-of-tournament news conference, McIlroy seemed distraught. He had ended one of sport's highest-profile romances just as the wedding invitations were being sent out.

'Overrated' Fowler makes major point

Read full article on Rickie Fowler shakes off 'overrated' tag in 'fifth major'

Don't you just love golf's capacity to confound? Rickie Fowler's emphatic Sawgrass response to his "overrated" branding was one of three instances where expectations have been stirringly overturned.

There was victory for a largely forgotten Welshman and an unlikely but superb return from injury for one of Europe's most promising talents, but quite rightly Fowler's thrilling victory at the Players' Championship commands most attention.

Gun slingers & young winners key to golf's revival

Read full article on Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth & Charley Hull can revive golf

Rory McIlroy's WGC Match Play victory further enhances an impressive and potentially significant buzz generated by a fascinating start to the golfing year.

It was the world number one's second victory in 2015 and follows a fourth-place finish at the Masters behind Jordan Spieth, his closest rival in the rankings.

'Rose should be on honours list'

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Justin Rose's latest victory provides further evidence he is not only a brilliant golfer, but one of the strongest competitors in the game.

The South Africa-born Englishman's triumph in New Orleans was the 18th of his professional career. It was a gutsy display that told plenty about the tough-as-teak temperament of someone otherwise regarded as the Tour's 'Mr Nice Guy'.

The European Tour's quiet revolution

Read full article on European Tour: Appointing Keith Pelley signals new direction

Somewhat incongruously, the European Tour chose the eve of a busy sporting weekend to announce a move of potentially far-reaching implications for the future running of golf.

Sporting attention was centred on upcoming football and rugby cup semi-finals, the latest round of Formula One and the end of an enthralling first Test in the West Indies.

Glorious Spieth & a vintage Masters

Read full article on Jordan Spieth's Masters win will live long in the memory

So how was it for you? Four-stroke victories achieved wire to wire can often make for relatively dull tournaments, but not at the 2015 Masters.

Jordan Spieth's glorious landmark victory capped a vintage running of the annual Augusta gathering. It is one that will surely live long in the memory.

Who might win Masters Green Jacket?

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If Rory McIlroy is to be denied a career Grand Slam at the Masters it may be because of the quality of the opposition rather than his problems with the course.

McIlroy's best finish at Augusta came last year when he was eighth behind Bubba Watson. The world number one has yet to find his best form on a layout that theoretically should set up well for his playing style.

McIlroy will win four Masters - Els

Read full article on The Masters: Rory McIlroy will win at least four green jackets - Els

Ernie Els is convinced Rory McIlroy will complete the career grand slam with a Masters victory and predicts the Ulsterman will land at least four green jackets.

But the 45-year-old South African, who has won two Open and two US Open titles, is living proof there are no guarantees when it comes to winning at Augusta.