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 reflects on stellar 2014

Read full article on Rory McIlroy: Race to Dubai winner enjoying focusing on golf

Rory McIlroy's ability to compartmentalise his career is perhaps his most impressive quality.

While he has compiled his best season to date, culminating in this week being crowned Race to Dubai winner for the second time in three years, he has been battling the stress of court proceedings against his former management company.

'Golf should change secretive ways'

Read full article on Patrick Reed outburst puts spotlight on golf's disciplinary code

US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed will be disciplined for his foul-mouthed homophobic outburst that followed three-putting in China last week.

As the 25-year-old has acknowledged, it is quite right that he is punished. There should be no place for this kind of behaviour in the game of golf.

What can O'Grady's successor expect?

Read full article on George O'Grady: What can next European Tour chief expect?

These are changing and challenging times for the European Tour and its next chief executive.

It is still adjusting to the loss of key sponsors and tournaments as a result of the economic downturn of a few years ago, while the growing power and lure of the United States and Asia has won over many of the world's top players.

Woosnam 'deserves' Hall of Fame spot

Read full article on Ian Woosnam: Golf Hall of Fame spot is 'long overdue'

Dame Laura Davies' admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame is entirely justified but it is impossible to fathom why another great British name continues to be ignored.

What does Ian Woosnam have to do to gain recognition from the Florida-based organisation?

Reed takes Cup spirit to Match Play

Read full article on Patrick Reed takes Ryder Cup spirit into Volvo World Match Play

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'

Read full article on Ryder Cup 2014: How captain Paul McGinley out-thought USA

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

Read full article on Ryder Cup: More to Europe than Rory McIlroy – Iain Carter

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.