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.

McIlroy's mission to join Masters

Read full article on Rory McIlroy: 2015 Masters victory will complete career grand slam

World number one Rory McIlroy says his ambition for the first part of the golfing year is to maintain an aura that he so brilliantly built in 2014.

On the way to his current visit to the Middle East, the 25-year-old continued a personal tradition by noting down seven goals on the back of his first airline boarding pass for the new season.

Golf in 2015: 10 key questions

Read full article on Golf in 2015: Rory McIlroy career Slam? Tiger Woods comeback?

Rarely have we been able to anticipate a more enthralling golfing year.

While Rory McIlroy reigns supreme he contends with a potentially debilitating court case. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, continues his latest comeback and the game in 2015 promises abundant levels of excitement and intrigue.

McIlroy top of pops this Christmas

Read full article on Rory McIlroy & Charley Hull climb charts this Christmas

The Christmas charts are always regarded as the most significant and the same can be said of the golfing versions.

In a sport where it is all about how many and not how, the end-of-year world rankings reveal the stark truth of the golfing calendar. They statistically validate what we witnessed from the global game.

Teenager Hull comes of age in 2014

Read full article on Charley Hull: A stellar 2014 with shades of the young Rory McIlroy

In a change from her usual routine, Charley Hull plans to give herself a break on Christmas Day and allow herself the chance to toast another season of stunning success.

In recent years, while the rest of us have been tucking into our turkey and trimmings, the 18-year-old has been pounding golf balls on the range.

Spieth leads golf's changing guard

Read full article on Jordan Spieth and Danny Willett lead advance of young talent

Ernie Els once landed himself in trouble by admitting there are occasions when pro golfers get out the wheelbarrow and fill it with cash.

The former Open champion's metaphor helped describe certain tournaments that exist primarily to bolster players' already bulging bank accounts.

McIlroy reflects on stellar 2014

Read full article on Rory McIlroy: Race to Dubai winner enjoying focusing on golf

Rory McIlroy's ability to compartmentalise his career is perhaps his most impressive quality.

While he has compiled his best season to date, culminating in this week being crowned Race to Dubai winner for the second time in three years, he has been battling the stress of court proceedings against his former management company.

'Golf should change secretive ways'

Read full article on Patrick Reed outburst puts spotlight on golf's disciplinary code

US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed will be disciplined for his foul-mouthed homophobic outburst that followed three-putting in China last week.

As the 25-year-old has acknowledged, it is quite right that he is punished. There should be no place for this kind of behaviour in the game of golf.

What can O'Grady's successor expect?

Read full article on George O'Grady: What can next European Tour chief expect?

These are changing and challenging times for the European Tour and its next chief executive.

It is still adjusting to the loss of key sponsors and tournaments as a result of the economic downturn of a few years ago, while the growing power and lure of the United States and Asia has won over many of the world's top players.