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.

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.

Tiger Woods after 1997 Masters win (left) and in 2017

Triumph to troubles: Tiger's masterclass 20 years on

Read full article on Tiger Woods' Augusta Masters triumph to troubles in 20 years

It was standing room only. Reporters hung on every word uttered by sport's newest sensation as he charmed everyone in that crammed interview tent.

This was at Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland - the site of the 1997 US Open, the first major since the golfing world had been shaken up like never before.

Arnold Palmer

'Bay Hill field fit to honour Palmer despite ludicrous schedule'

Read full article on Arnold Palmer Invitational: McIlroy, Day & Stenson among those to honour 'The King'

On the day Arnold Palmer passed away, Rory McIlroy collected such riches in prize money that the knock-on effect was a "tsunami" of cash tumbling into the bank account of his caddie.

That's how JP Fitzgerald described his feelings after checking his balance and finding financial rewards for helping his boss win the Tour Championship and with it the lucrative FedEx Cup last September.

Dustin Johnson

Johnson head and shoulders above Masters rivals

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Rarely has there been so much exciting young talent at the top of men's golf, but there is no question who stands head and shoulders above this extraordinary crop.

And this is not only because Dustin Johnson is an imposing 6ft 4 in athlete, built as much for explosive pursuits such as volleyball and basketball as he is for the modern power game of golf.

Luke Donald

Golf pondering significant rule changes

Read full article on Golf: R&A and USGA propose significant rule changes

Proposals have been unveiled for the biggest shake-up of the rules of golf "in a generation".

If the Royal and Ancient and United States Golf Association plans are adopted, golfers will see significant shifts in how the sport is played.