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.

Tyrrell Hatton

Hatton keeping it simple on US mission

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Having climbed into the world's top 20, Tyrrell Hatton is exporting his uncomplicated approach to golf to discover if it can bring success in the United States.

This week, the 25-year-old from Buckinghamshire begins what he is calling his "American adventure" when he tees off in the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Fans at the Phoenix Open

'Golf's Glastonbury shows value of variety'

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Golf ditches its blazer and loosens its top button when the PGA Tour stops off in Scottsdale. Informality rules, and record crowds pitch up for the raucous Phoenix Open.

No fewer than 204,904 fans were present on Sunday as Hideki Matsuyama continued his astonishing season with victory at the most highly attended tournament on the planet.

Jon Rahm & Tiger Woods

Golf's emerging talents will test Tiger

Read full article on Jon Rahm equals Tiger Woods feat and could overshadow 14-time major winner's return

While Tiger Woods inevitably generates a frenzy of interest during his return to the European Tour, the continent has already got plenty to be excited about thanks to a new Spanish superstar in the making.

Jon Rahm's status as one of Europe's most exciting prospects was confirmed by a fine victory on the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines last Sunday.

Golf scoreboard

'Golf must adapt to attract new fans'

Read full article on Golf must speed up to attract new fans - and a 54-hole cut can help

Watching Tommy Fleetwood smashing a three-wood to the home green, imploring it to reach its distant target to help him clinch a prestigious title, was outstanding sporting theatre.

Here was a 26-year-old English star confirming his golfing renaissance by seizing the moment in champion style. He held off major winners Dustin Johnson and Martin Kaymer and it was stirring stuff.

Rory McIlroy

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

Read full article on Rory McIlroy's rib injury is a serious blow to his pre-Masters plans

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.