Iain Carter

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.

Tiger Woods

Did Woods show he can win a 15th major?

Read full article on Tiger Woods: His fitness held up, but his battle has just begun

Caddie Joe LaCava gave the most realistic assessment after Tiger Woods' return to competitive golf.

"I wasn't going to compare him to the rest of the field," said Woods' bagman after his boss finished 15th of the 17 players who completed the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Matthew Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton

Fitzpatrick & Hatton - the next generation

Read full article on How Matthew Fitzpatrick & Tyrrell Hatton can keep British golf on top

Compared with many modern sportsmen Matthew Fitzpatrick maintains modest motoring standards, but there is no doubting his place in the fast lane to golfing success.

The personable 22-year-old from Sheffield is now unquestionably Britain's brightest young talent in the men's game, following last Sunday's thrilling triumph in the DP World Tour Championship.

Nick Faldo, Rory McIlroy & Lee Westwood

Do golf number ones deserve more credit?

Read full article on Are golf's British world number ones cherished as they should be?

Andy Murray's rise to tennis world number one is rightly being lauded as one of British sport's greatest achievements, and it offers a timely reminder to appreciate those who have climbed to such heights in golf.

The Scot is the first British number one in his sport, but five golfers from these isles - Sir Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy - have been officially known as the best in the world.

Rory McIlroy

Who wins as Tours battle for supremacy?

Read full article on PGA Tour's new CJ Cup lays down challenge to European Tour

American golf has been celebrating a thumping Ryder Cup triumph and now in one of the sport's key marketplaces it can claim another significant victory over Europe.

As both the PGA and European Tours seek to grow their brands, the relatively untapped but fertile Asian market provides the biggest opportunity for expansion.

Gary Player

Player on Rory, Tiger and fitness at 80

Read full article on Gary Player on Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and how to stay healthy at 80

It is not often Gary Player is lost for an answer, but he struggles to recall sustaining a golf-related injury in a career that now spans 63 years.

He tells of various broken bones resulting from childhood rugby in his native South Africa, but golf never seemed to harm this 80-year-old winner of nine major championships.

Tiger Woods

What now for Woods after latest setback?

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So it is now a lack of form rather than fitness holding back Tiger Woods in his fight to compete for the first time since August last year.

His withdrawal from this week's Safeway Open came as a shock, given his commitment to the event only last Friday. And his decision to skip the California tournament has prompted inevitable torrents of wild speculation over his future.

USA's Patrick Reed and Europe's Rory McIlroy shake hands

'For US to win in Europe is a whole different feat'

Read full article on Ryder Cup 2016: Where the US won - and Europe lost - the competition

Amid smiles and laughter, it took a popped champagne bottle to shut him up.

Two years earlier, Phil Mickelson had delivered a shocking and devastating critique of his captain and the American Ryder Cup set-up. The contrast in mood and sentiment this time around could not have been greater.

Davis Love III and Darren Clarke pose with the Ryder Cup

'The Ryder Cup the US dare not lose'

Read full article on Ryder Cup 2016: The US dare not lose to Europe at Hazeltine

This is a Ryder Cup the United States dare not lose. Never before have they poured so much energy and thought into trying to wrestle back from Europe the famous transatlantic trophy.

Never have they craved victory quite as much as they do this week at Hazeltine, Minnesota. They are desperate to avoid a record fourth-successive defeat.