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.

Davis Love III and Darren Clarke pose with the Ryder Cup

'The Ryder Cup the US dare not lose'

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This is a Ryder Cup the United States dare not lose. Never before have they poured so much energy and thought into trying to wrestle back from Europe the famous transatlantic trophy.

Never have they craved victory quite as much as they do this week at Hazeltine, Minnesota. They are desperate to avoid a record fourth-successive defeat.

Paul Casey

Will Europe miss Casey and Knox?

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Europe's bid to defend the Ryder Cup could be hit this week by the sort of Tour Championship curse that undermined the United States before their most recent defeat at Gleneagles.

Two years ago the American team travelled to Scotland in the knowledge that they would not be fielding their strongest possible line-up.

US Ryder Cup skipper Davis Love III

Will banking on experience pay off for US in Ryder Cup?

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Amid the recriminations that so swiftly followed America's third successive Ryder Cup defeat two years ago, there seemed to be a consensus that a fresher approach was needed to halt the US decline in these biennial matches.

Phil Mickelson's outspoken criticism of 2014 skipper Tom Watson immediately after their comprehensive 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 thumping by Europe at Gleneagles set the ball of change in motion.

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.