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.

Energised Garcia wants 'several' majors

Read full article on Ryder Cup, Olympics, majors: Sergio Garcia's ambition still burns

The next European Ryder Cup side looks a difficult one to predict but, even so, there are a few names everyone expects to see on the team sheet.

Questions surround the participation of many of the old guard with so much young talent around, but there appear four certainties to retain their places: Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.

'No room for complacency on betting'

Read full article on No betting complacency in golf - R&A's Martin Slumbers

Golf cannot be complacent about the possibility of being hit by a betting scandal, says the sport's governing body.

In the wake of recent problems in tennis and cricket, new R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers has admitted that inappropriate gambling is a subject moving towards the top of the agenda for golf's authorities.

The trendsetting 'golfing scientist'

Read full article on Bryson DeChambeau: Is this student golf's newest trendsetter?

An intrigued Rory McIlroy peered into the bag of a potential rival for the Abu Dhabi title last week and marvelled at the unique set of clubs.

The four times major champion wasn't alone - other big names, including Ernie Els, peppered the clubs' owner with questions. Never mind that Bryson DeChambeau is more than half Els' age, the big South African wanted to learn from the young amateur.

Els seeks formula for former glories

Read full article on Ernie Els seeks formula to rekindle former glories

The irony is hard to ignore. Jordan Spieth's latest extraordinary performance helped remind us of Ernie Els' greatness, while the popular veteran was suffering more ignominy in his native South Africa.

Spieth remains deadly accurate on the greens but Els struggles to hole the most straightforward putts. It is a sad scenario, yet the 46-year-old's enduring love of this maddening game can only be admired.

Rio, Ryder Cup & McIlroy milestone?

Read full article on Rio, Ryder Cup, McIlroy's Grand Slam - what does 2016 hold?

It is likely to be a golfing year like no other in living memory. The return of the sport to the Olympics means a crowded schedule and new narrative.

Furthermore, 2016 is a Ryder Cup year with the United States probably boasting a side emblematic of a new generation less haunted by so many recent defeats.

'Ruthless' Italy wins 2022 Ryder Cup

Read full article on 2022 Ryder Cup: Money talks as Italy wins right to host event

The decisive factor in Italy's successful fight to stage the 2022 Ryder Cup was the usual one in these circumstances - money.

This may seem a cynical assessment, especially when bid documents are laced with words like "legacy", "integration" and "participation". But the European Tour came clean when it acknowledged that Italian golf's financial pledge was "hugely significant".

Golfers vying for spot at 2016's 'fifth major'

Read full article on Golf at the Rio Olympics: More opportunity than inconvenience

Calendars suggest a few more weeks until the new year but professional golfing schedules know otherwise.

As far as they are concerned it is already 2016 and we are now into a season that promises to be like no other in living memory. This, principally, is because of golf's return to the Olympics next August.