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.

Padraig Harrington celebrates with trophy

Hard work pays off for Harrington

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Every top golfer will tell you success is the product of sheer hard work. There is, of course, inherent talent but that only carries its true value when backed up by relentless practice and application.

Few players demonstrate this maxim better than Padraig Harrington, who returned to the winner's circle on the PGA Tour for the first time in 2,395 days with his play-off victory in the Honda Classic.

Clarke v Love: How do they match up?

Read full article on Can Darren Clarke get the better of Davis Love III at 2016 Ryder Cup?

Darren Clarke and Davis Love III closed out a dramatic half point and then shared cigars, puffing away in a spirit of great friendship.

This was back in 2004, when the singles draw at Oakland Hills had thrown them together in opposition for a final day that capped a record-breaking Ryder Cup win for Europe.

McIlroy swaps course for law court

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After the fun of the first month of the golfing year now it turns "nasty" for the world's top golfer.

That was the word Rory McIlroy chose to describe the process he is about to enter in Dublin's High Court. The legal action comes in the wake of his convincing triumph in the Dubai Desert Classic and a runner-up finish in Abu Dhabi earlier in January.

How can Woods halt alarming decline?

Read full article on Tiger Woods's Phoenix Open worst round highlights decline

The 1267th round of Tiger Woods's professional career was the worst of the lot. It was his highest single-round tally and guaranteed a depressingly early departure from the Arizona desert.

His miserable 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open led to only the 12th missed cut of the 39 year old's career. This is a statistic that puts this latest setback in its proper context.

Kaymer 'glad' he blew 10-shot lead

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Martin Kaymer says he is "glad" he blew a 10-stroke lead to lose the Abu Dhabi Championship earlier this month.

The US Open champion has analysed the reasons behind the uncharacteristic collapse which handed the title to unknown Frenchman Gary Stal and stunned the golfing world.

McIlroy's mission to join Masters

Read full article on Rory McIlroy: 2015 Masters victory will complete career grand slam

World number one Rory McIlroy says his ambition for the first part of the golfing year is to maintain an aura that he so brilliantly built in 2014.

On the way to his current visit to the Middle East, the 25-year-old continued a personal tradition by noting down seven goals on the back of his first airline boarding pass for the new season.

Golf in 2015: 10 key questions

Read full article on Golf in 2015: Rory McIlroy career Slam? Tiger Woods comeback?

Rarely have we been able to anticipate a more enthralling golfing year.

While Rory McIlroy reigns supreme he contends with a potentially debilitating court case. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, continues his latest comeback and the game in 2015 promises abundant levels of excitement and intrigue.