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.

Aaron Rai

'Rise of Rai and Sharma could have huge effect on golf'

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Increasing participation in golf is the primary concern of all bodies running the game. Now those efforts could be significantly boosted by the emergence of two young talents of Indian descent.

Fresh from the victory of Wolverhampton's Aaron Rai at the recent Hong Kong Open, Shubhankar Sharma became the youngest Indian to wrap up the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods after The Match

Why The Match is worrying indication of golf's future

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Cards on the table, I did not watch it. I had plans last Friday night and they were not going to be changed by The Match even though it carried a scary significance that stretched beyond a contest between America's two best known golfers.

Judging by the reaction to Phil Mickelson's 22nd hole victory over Tiger Woods I did not miss much.

Danny Willett

Why Dubai was Willett's proudest victory

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As he sat in the clubhouse at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club last January, Danny Willett had no idea what 2018 might deliver for his golf.

His shoulder was sore, his back was troublesome and his confidence was low. Yes, there was optimism - he is that kind of guy - but there was uncertainty and no guarantee he would ever rediscover a game that had been good enough to win the Masters.

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari

'A golfing blockbuster made in Moliwood'

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While the Race to Dubai is not the most perfect league table, it reliably identifies the European Tour's finest performer and the coveted Harry Vardon Trophy invariably ends in the correct hands.

Few would contest the merits of the most recent winners - Tommy Fleetwood last year, Rory McIlroy three times in the last six campaigns and Henrik Stenson twice in the last five.

Brooks Koepka

Serious business in so-called silly season

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Despite the majors being completed and the Ryder Cup decided, there remains highly significant golf all around the world.

This autumn period, when the new PGA Tour calendar is teeing off in distant locations and the European Tour is finishing its campaign in equally far-flung places, can sometimes be regarded as a bit of a silly season.

Justin Rose presents the British Masters trophy to Eddie Pepperell

The 'vicious cycle' that leaves British Masters in doubt

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Despite the charismatic hosting of Justin Rose and a genuinely gutsy frontrunning victory by Eddie Pepperell, there was melancholy in the air at the British Masters. The tournament's future is very uncertain.

This is sad because it was a fine event staged on a great golf course at Walton Heath in the wake of a brilliant Ryder Cup.

Phil Mickelson at the Ryder Cup

'Merit in Mickelson's Ryder Cup rant'

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It was easy to pile into Phil Mickelson for his comments on the set up of Le Golf National at the Ryder Cup. The rough was too harsh for Lefty's liking and it seemed we had yet more evidence of American bellyaching in the wake of heavy defeat.

His words came after allegations of a dust-up between US team-mates Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka (denied by Koepka) and Patrick Reed hitting out at captain Jim Furyk's "buddy system" and former partner Jordan Spieth for not wanting to play with him anymore.

Thomas Bjorn

'Bjorn harnessed unique European spirit'

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For all the efforts of the United States' so-called taskforce, the result was the same. For Tom Watson at Gleneagles, read Jim Furyk in France - an American skipper completely out-thought by his European counterpart.

Huge credit should go to Thomas Bjorn for getting the most from what turned out to be a wonderfully balanced team. They produced an emphatic victory beyond anyone's expectations.