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.

Alex Noren celebrates winning the PGA Championship

'Noren's win perfect for European Tour'

Read full article on Alex Noren: Wentworth win takes Swede into top 10 and boosts European Tour

Sweden's Alex Noren was the perfect winner of last week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

More than any other player, the 34-year-old from Sweden justifies the European Tour's claim that it is a viable alternative to the PGA Tour. This was Noren's fifth victory in the past 11 months and it has lifted him to number eight in the world.

Ryder Cup fans

'No-one can accuse golf of standing still'

Read full article on Zurich Classic of New Orleans and GolfSixes: Golf looking to new formats

Bit by bit, professional golf is getting its head around the fact it needs to change to freshen interest in the sport.

While the four majors - the Masters, US Open, The Open and US PGA - and events such as next month's Players Championship remain prosperous tournaments offering the benchmark of success, others need to find different ways of achieving true relevance.

Ian Poulter

Can Garcia's success inspire Poulter?

Read full article on Iain Carter column: 'When the stakes are highest, Ian Poulter usually delivers'

A week on from Sergio Garcia's Augusta glory, there was a different set of emotions as one of his popular contemporaries tried to keep his playing rights on the PGA Tour.

To his immense frustration, Ian Poulter came up one stroke short at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town. Now he needs a likely top-30 finish at this week's Texas Open to bank the remaining $30,624 (about £24,500) required to maintain his card.