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.

Lydia Ko and Inbee Park at Rio 2016

'Global TV triumph secures golf's future at Games'

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Golf made a triumphant return to the Olympics at Rio following a 112-year absence and the sport's bosses are confident it has done enough to secure its Olympic status beyond the Tokyo 2020.

All events will be evaluated next year to decide whether they will be included after the next Games in Japan and, with so many top players choosing to stay away from the men's competition in Rio, there were fears golf would not survive.

Henrik Stenson

'A timely reminder of golf's greatness'

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After so many negative headlines in the build-up, the classic Open duel between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson was just what golf needed.

The game's reputation had taken a battering by so many high-profile withdrawals from the Rio Olympics and Rory McIlroy's frank disdain for golf's return to the Games.

French Open

Will selfish calls harm Ryder Cup hopes?

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The European Tour have thrown everything at bolstering this week's centenary French Open but with only partial success which, along with the latest Olympic withdrawals, serves to highlight the selfish nature of professional golfers.

Players' instincts are to do whatever is best for them. Even rigging the Ryder Cup qualifying process to lure more stars to Paris is not enough for some to change schedules.

Oakmont, US Open host

Oakmont ready to provide ultimate test

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Championship golf is never more exacting than in the US Open and when it is staged at Oakmont Country Club the test is usually the hardest of all.

The world's best players know this week's showdown, on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, will provide the most rigorous examination of their games and their mental strength.

Gareth Bale

Can Bale move golf out of slow lane?

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Gareth Bale's sporting influence could stretch beyond football to have a potentially significant impact on golf.

The Real Madrid and Wales winger joins a growing movement promoting formats that make the game shorter and speedier to play. The thinking is that golf, at all levels, would benefit from unearthing its own equivalent of Twenty20 cricket.

Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Chris Wood

'Big three in no mood to be toppled'

Read full article on Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy & Jason Day head to Ohio in form

In recent weeks the so-called "big three" was being reduced to the "big one" because Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy were struggling to live with the excellence of top dog Jason Day.

Yet now the world's leading trio head to this week's Memorial Tournament in Ohio each having won on their last outing before this popular PGA Tour stop, which is hosted by Jack Nicklaus.

Danny Willett, Masters champion

Wentworth looks to Willett for stardust

Read full article on PGA Championship: Big names' snub shows European Tour's battle

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia provided Europe with a timely boost with their weekend victories but at Wentworth this week there will be no celebratory homecoming for the continent's two most charismatic stars.

McIlroy completed an emotional triumph in sensational style at the Irish Open before Garcia collected his first PGA Tour victory in four years at the Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas.