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.

A golfer hits a ball into a setting sunset

Apathy could cost golf its golden opportunity

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Adam Scott is a thoughtful, polite and engaging golfer. So is Louis Oosthuizen. Like Scott, he is a major winner and an example of the athleticism that has become so prevalent in the modern game.

Pick players to provide role models for how to swing a club and the elegant Aussie and the powerful South African would be at the top of the list.

Charley Hull

How Hull moves in and out of the zone

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A yellow dress might prove as inspirational as a green jacket for England's Charley Hull who is seeking to emulate Danny Willett's major breakthrough this year.

Of course, British golfers of both sexes are trying to harness the inspirational effects of the Yorkshireman's thrilling Masters victory.

English golf player Danny Willett

Willett's Masters victory 'no fluke'

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"Swing and Abyss" was the headline in USA Today, summing up an American verdict that the story of the 80th Masters was Jordan Spieth's extraordinary back nine meltdown.

Yet taking this view ignores a performance worthy of major glory from a player who was ready to win at the highest level. Danny Willett's triumph was no fluke.

Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth

'Classy cast points to vintage Masters'

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Counting down the miles towards Augusta on the Interstate 20, Andy Sullivan summed up his feelings with one word: "Buzzing."

The Masters stirs emotions like no other tournament, especially for players like the genial Midlander, who was making a first trip with his sat nav set to Magnolia Lane.

United States golfer Jordan Spieth and South Korea Lydia Ko

Major tests beckon for Spieth and Ko

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Jordan Spieth and Lydia Ko, the leading figures in golf's youth movement, have experienced contrasting fortunes as they build towards the most important phase of the golfing year so far.

The major season is almost upon us, with Ko heading into the women's ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage on Thursday and Spieth applying the final touches to his preparations for his defence of the Masters next week.

Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams

Woods can win more - ex-caddie Williams

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As Steve Williams prepares to help Adam Scott's quest for a second Masters title, the Kiwi caddie says his old boss Tiger Woods can still return to winning ways.

But in a BBC interview, Williams cast doubt on whether the 40-year-old can win another major and suggested Woods' fitness problems might have been self-inflicted.

Arnold Palmer

How The King's reign changed the game

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With another $6.3m up for grabs when the PGA Tour completes its Florida swing, it is an opportune moment to salute the prime architect behind such riches.

No-one did more to glamorise and popularise professional golf than Arnold Palmer, the 86-year-old host of the invitational tournament that bears his name and which starts at Bay Hill on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy and Tim Finchem

Will PGA & European Tour merger happen?

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The list of names adorning the leaderboard was typically cosmopolitan when Australia's Adam Scott clinched back-to-back titles with victory at the World Golf Championships event at Doral near Miami.

It provided another reminder of golf's global nature and came just as one of the sport's most influential figures made a significant call for a unified world circuit.

Adam Scott

'Classy Scott can challenge big three'

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Adam Scott's impressive victory to kick off the Florida swing on the PGA Tour suggests the year will be about much more than the 'big three' touted to dominate 2016.

As Rory McIlroy missed the cut, Jordan Spieth licked his wounds following an early exit the previous week and Jason Day readied himself for a return to action, former Masters champion Scott returned to the world's top 10.