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.

Next 10-15 years my time - McIlroy

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Anyone thinking this was a wasted year for Rory McIlroy should think again.

After collecting his third Race to Dubai crown in four years, the Northern Irishman is taking stock of a 2015 season in which he won four times but failed to add to his quartet of major titles.

Pelley goes public on big tour plans

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A whirlwind is blowing through the European Tour in the shape of its new boss Keith Pelley.

The 51-year-old Canadian has been in charge for three months since succeeding George O'Grady and is intent on radical changes, with the aim of making the tour a "viable alternative to the PGA Tour".

British duo point to positive future

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British stars Russell Knox and Danny Willett provided a timely boost for European golf with their exploits in Shanghai last week.

Knox, who triumphed in the World Golf Championships HSBC Champions, and Yorkshireman Willett, who shot a final-round 62, could both figure in the continent's defence of the Ryder Cup next year.

Spieth not ready for 'big three' tag

Read full article on Jordan Spieth: Rory McIlroy and Jason Day 'big three tag too soon'

Jordan Spieth insists it is too soon to say he is part of a new "big three" succeeding Tiger Woods in dominating world golf.

After a season in which the 22-year-old triumphed at the Masters and US Open, he has inevitably been bracketed with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy and US PGA winner Jason Day in the vanguard of the game.

'Modest, with a game to shout about'

Read full article on Matthew Fitzpatrick: Modest, with a game to shout about - Carter

Matthew Fitzpatrick's British Masters victory fittingly caps a season of extraordinary progress that has been in keeping with his short but glittering amateur career.

Having won his European Tour playing rights at Qualifying School last autumn, Fitzpatrick began the year ranked outside the world's top 400 players.

McIlroy considered European Tour exit

Read full article on Rory McIlroy: Travel-weary player considered quitting European Tour

Rory McIlroy spent a fortnight in the air flying to and from tournaments in the past year, touching down at nearly 120 airports along the way.

Although this is time usually spent in the most cosseted of cabins, it also explains why he has no problem with Paul Casey potentially turning his back on the Ryder Cup.

Spieth win confirms exciting new era

Read full article on Jordan Spieth's FedEx Cup win confirms exciting new era

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?

Read full article on Solheim Cup 2015: Team events show golf at its most exciting

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

Read full article on Walker Cup 2015: Great Britain & Ireland confident of beating US

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".