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.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy injury is a massive blow

Read full article on Open: Rory McIlroy's injury puts rivalry with Jordan Spieth on hold

Rory McIlroy lives life to the full. He is not a one dimensional athlete and if he fancies a kickabout with his mates then he will throw down the sweaters for goal posts.

Never mind that there's an Open title defence just around the corner and that a young pretender from America is muscling in on his position at the top of the world rankings.

Donald turns corner for shot at Open

Read full article on Luke Donald returns to form in time for Open challenge

The last time the Open was staged at St Andrews, Luke Donald was firmly ensconced in the world's top 10 and on the threshold of climbing to the top of the world rankings.

Back in 2010 it would have been hard to imagine the Englishman struggling for the right to compete the next time the Championship visited the home of golf. After all, the Open returns to the Fife town every five years.

Braving the Chambers of Horrors

Read full article on US Open: Taking on controversial Chambers Bay course

Iain tries out the public golf course that caused so much controversy at the US Open, and discovers it takes some "imagination".

Championship golf does not need to be played at ultra-exclusive high-end private clubs. That much became clear after a thrilling US Open at Chambers Bay.

Mickelson targets career Grand Slam

Read full article on US Open 2015: Phil Mickelson targets career Grand Slam

Heading into the first major of 2015 all the talk was of Rory McIlroy's chances of landing a career Grand Slam. It didn't happen for the Northern Irishman at the Masters but such an exclusive landmark could be celebrated by a veteran American at this week's US Open.

Like McIlroy, Phil Mickelson has won three of the four majors - ticking off the Masters three times as well as the Open (2013) and the PGA (2005). So the one that remains is his home Open, a championship in which he has finished runner-up on six occasions.

The links effect to make its mark

Read full article on Irish Open showed the links effect will make its mark this summer

Golf was a different and more difficult game on the firm, fast links of Royal County Down, but the Irish Open will be shown to have been a perfect precursor when the game's biggest trophies are on the line.

The tournament, promoted by world number one Rory McIlroy, heralded the start of an unprecedented and exciting spell of seaside golf that includes the next two majors as well as the Scottish Open.

Reid's tale of triumph and tragedy

Read full article on Melissa Reid: I was a golfing robot before my mother's death

British golfer Melissa Reid admits she was a golfing "robot" who rebelled in the wake of her mother's untimely death two years ago.

Now she is celebrating her most important victory having returned to the winner's circle at the Turkish Airlines Open on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

One direction for relentless McIlroy

Read full article on 'One direction' - Rory McIlroy's year summed up in two words

A year ago this week, Rory McIlroy appeared a shattered man in the wake of his split from Caroline Wozniacki.

At an eve-of-tournament news conference, McIlroy seemed distraught. He had ended one of sport's highest-profile romances just as the wedding invitations were being sent out.

'Overrated' Fowler makes major point

Read full article on Rickie Fowler shakes off 'overrated' tag in 'fifth major'

Don't you just love golf's capacity to confound? Rickie Fowler's emphatic Sawgrass response to his "overrated" branding was one of three instances where expectations have been stirringly overturned.

There was victory for a largely forgotten Welshman and an unlikely but superb return from injury for one of Europe's most promising talents, but quite rightly Fowler's thrilling victory at the Players' Championship commands most attention.

Gun slingers & young winners key to golf's revival

Read full article on Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth & Charley Hull can revive golf

Rory McIlroy's WGC Match Play victory further enhances an impressive and potentially significant buzz generated by a fascinating start to the golfing year.

It was the world number one's second victory in 2015 and follows a fourth-place finish at the Masters behind Jordan Spieth, his closest rival in the rankings.

'Rose should be on honours list'

Read full article on Justin Rose should feature on honours list - Iain Carter

Justin Rose's latest victory provides further evidence he is not only a brilliant golfer, but one of the strongest competitors in the game.

The South Africa-born Englishman's triumph in New Orleans was the 18th of his professional career. It was a gutsy display that told plenty about the tough-as-teak temperament of someone otherwise regarded as the Tour's 'Mr Nice Guy'.