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.

Rory McIlroy

How badly will rib injury hit McIlroy's Masters plans?

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Rory McIlroy's hopes of a fast start to the new golfing year have been shattered by his latest injury setback.

The timing of his rib stress fracture could have been worse, but it has thrown into jeopardy a carefully drawn-up plan aimed at having his game in peak condition for April's Masters.

Justin Thomas & Hideki Matsuyama

Thomas and Matsuyama can light up 2017

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It is an event that promotes Hawaiian tourism more than it provides signals for the golfing year, but last week's Tournament of Champions could prove more significant than usual thanks to the outstanding performances of its top two finishers.

Champion Justin Thomas and runner-up Hideki Matsuyama both appear ready to mix it with the game's leading figures in the biggest events of 2017.

Rory McIlroy

Top stars at liberty to pick a mixed bag

Read full article on Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods among Nike stars choosing new equipment

Rory McIlroy dominates the chatter amid heightened new year intrigue over the latest equipment deals in professional golf.

January is often the month when new contracts are agreed. Players sign with club manufacturers in a process that boosts the bank balance but, despite the hype, does not guarantee lower scores - not that they would admit as much.

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.