Iain Carter

BBC 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.

Patrick Reed in Ryder Cup action at Gleneagles

Reed takes Cup spirit to Match Play

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Members of the newly formed American task force charged with finding a winning Ryder Cup formula would do well to take note of events at the London Club this week.

Already we have witnessed unbridled enthusiasm for the biennial clash against Europe from the lone United States player in the field for this week's Volvo World Match Play.

'McGinley created the mood to win'

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Even when the Ryder Cup had been safely delivered back to the European team room, Paul McGinley was ensuring his team made the most of a remarkable week.

At the after-match celebrations the inspired European captain told his players to go easy on the alcohol. "Don't go overboard," he told them. "Make sure you are able to remember this for the rest of your lives."

More to Europe than McIlroy in ultimate team game

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As we assess where this Ryder Cup will be won and lost, Rory McIlroy correctly and succinctly sought to play down his influence on the outcome at Gleneagles this week.

The United States team have repeatedly stated that beating the world number one would give them a boost of greater significance than the point they would put on the scoreboard.

The other big vote in Scotland

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While Scotland decides its future on 18 September, the result will be published of another significant vote by one of the country's historic sporting institutions.

Members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews have been sending their replies to a postal ballot on whether to admit women to the club for the first time in its 260-year history.

'Lucrative climax risks burnout'

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There are 10 million reasons to be competing in Atlanta this week, but for those who haven't qualified for the Tour Championship there's the consolation of some much-needed rest.

As the PGA Tour play-offs build to their lucrative climax - a $10m (£6.2m) bonus awaits the golfer who finishes top of the standings on Sunday night - there's a danger of golfing burnout.

Ryder Cup: McGinley goes on gut feel

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Tears of pride welled in the eyes of the grand old man of European golf. John Jacobs was sitting opposite his most recent successor as captain of the continent's Ryder Cup team.

Now aged 89, the esteemed Jacobs helped Paul McGinley put in perspective the quality of the home team he will be leading in defence of the trophy starting on 26 September.

Europeans wait for Ryder Cup call

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European captain Paul McGinley is facing tough choices as he considers his three wildcard picks for next month's Ryder Cup defence at Gleneagles.

The picture is almost complete. With Jamie Donaldson claiming victory at the Czech Open, eight of the nine automatic qualifiers are known with just one more counting event to go.