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.

Spieth win confirms exciting new era

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Jordan Spieth's Tour Championship triumph was the ideal exclamation mark to conclude a PGA Tour season that shows golf has moved into a new and exciting era.

And while this offers a very encouraging outlook, there are massive challenges for the European Tour to have any chance of capitalising as well as their American counterparts.

US make Europe pay after 'Gimmegate'

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As a tearful Alison Lee was being comforted by American team-mates, one of them, Brittany Lang, repeatedly told the distressed 20-year-old "it's OK, it's only a game".

If only Suzann Pettersen had remembered such a maxim before sparking the Solheim Cup's 'Gimmegate' incident on the 17th green that left her playing partner Charley Hull, and Lee, in floods of tears.

Are USA set for another hammering?

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American golfing teams have been on the receiving end of a hat-trick of hammerings - and another may be heading their way in Germany this week.

These are the events that stick in the memory and Europe's women defend the Solheim Cup, won 18-10 in Colorado in 2013, in the wake of a brilliant performance from the amateur men of Great Britain and Ireland.

Edwards confident of Walker Cup win

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Despite disappointment at the withdrawal of his fourth highest-ranked player, Great Britain and Ireland captain Nigel Edwards is confident his team can regain the Walker Cup this week.

The 10-man home team will be without highly rated 18-year-old Sam Horsfield. The Florida-based player, who became the youngest Briton to qualify for the US Open earlier this year, withdrew last week citing "personal reasons".

'We were a blubbering mess on 18'

Read full article on Jason Day: From drunk 12-year-old to US PGA champion

When Jason Day fell flat on his back at the US Open in June, his head swimming with debilitating vertigo, the first person to help him to his feet was the most important man in his life.

Colin Swatton is much more than just a caddie to the Australian star who broke his major duck with victory at the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on Sunday.

Revenge, redemption & Rory's return

Read full article on US PGA 2015: Rory McIlroy's return, revenge and redemption

If the 'three Rs' provide the basics of education, they also neatly sum up what we have learned about the golfing scene before the final major of 2015.

Instead of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic we should consider Rory, revenge and redemption as the mottos for the 97th PGA Championship, which starts at Whistling Straits on Thursday.

Golf must capitalise on Asian talent

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Apart from further confirming Inbee Park as the world's top female player, the Women's British Open highlighted a need for a more imaginative approach to the game.

Park's brilliant triumph provided yet another example of Asia's dominance of women's golf. The 27-year-old Korean was one of nine players in the top 16 to hail from the continent.

Johnson's win caps compelling Open

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Zach Johnson's Open triumph capped a memorable championship that told us plenty about the future shape of the game of golf.

The 39-year-old American demonstrated that the majors are not the exclusive domain of a big-hitting younger brigade. We can also conclude that as Tiger Woods fades from relevance, Jordan Spieth has become the sport's biggest star.

Who will win a wide-open Open?

Read full article on Open 2015: Who will win at St Andrews' Old Course?

For a setting famed for its subtleties and nuances, the Old Course at St Andrews paradoxically produces champions who bludgeon their way to the Claret Jug.

The last four winners at the venue have been among the longest hitters in the game. No-one propelled the ball further than John Daly when he won in 1995.