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.

Rory McIlroy

Who wins as Tours battle for supremacy?

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American golf has been celebrating a thumping Ryder Cup triumph and now in one of the sport's key marketplaces it can claim another significant victory over Europe.

As both the PGA and European Tours seek to grow their brands, the relatively untapped but fertile Asian market provides the biggest opportunity for expansion.

Gary Player

Player on Rory, Tiger and fitness at 80

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It is not often Gary Player is lost for an answer, but he struggles to recall sustaining a golf-related injury in a career that now spans 63 years.

He tells of various broken bones resulting from childhood rugby in his native South Africa, but golf never seemed to harm this 80-year-old winner of nine major championships.

Tiger Woods

What now for Woods after latest setback?

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So it is now a lack of form rather than fitness holding back Tiger Woods in his fight to compete for the first time since August last year.

His withdrawal from this week's Safeway Open came as a shock, given his commitment to the event only last Friday. And his decision to skip the California tournament has prompted inevitable torrents of wild speculation over his future.

USA's Patrick Reed and Europe's Rory McIlroy shake hands

'For US to win in Europe is a whole different feat'

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Amid smiles and laughter, it took a popped champagne bottle to shut him up.

Two years earlier, Phil Mickelson had delivered a shocking and devastating critique of his captain and the American Ryder Cup set-up. The contrast in mood and sentiment this time around could not have been greater.

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.