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.

Collin Morikawa

Morikawa is golf's newest superstar - but invincibility can be fleeting

Read full article on Collin Morikawa is golf's newest superstar after superb US PGA win

Collin Morikawa is golf's newest superstar after his sensational win at a superb US PGA, but the championship also reminded us of the transient nature of apparent invincibility.

Describing the moments Morikawa surged to his winning position, seizing the moment and, in the process, the Wannamaker Trophy, felt quite familiar.

Sign reminding players to sanitise hands and obey social distance guidelines

Nasal swabs, bio-bubbles and buddy rules at British Masters

Read full article on British Masters: European Tour's 'UK Swing' starts at Close House on Wednesday

No one quite seems to know what to expect as the European Tour stages the first tournament of its UK swing with the BetFred British Masters in the bio-bubble of Close House this week.

This £1.12m event in Northumberland begins a sequence of six tournaments to be staged in England and Wales amid strict protocols to combat the threat of Covid-19.

Tiger Woods

Woods returning to changed landscape

Read full article on Tiger Woods: PGA Tour's Memorial tournament marks return of 15-time major winner

Here comes another Tiger Woods "Hello World" moment, as the 15 times major champion begins his latest comeback at this week's Memorial tournament in Ohio.

But, among multiple returns from injuries and self inflicted sabbatical, never has the 44-year-old come back to a more changed environment. Woods has not competed since finishing 68th at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles in mid-February.

Ryder Cup logo

'Ryder Cup fate sealed by players'

Read full article on Ryder Cup 2020 postponement: 'Fate sealed by players not wanting to play without fans'

Uniquely, the Ryder Cup generates vast sums of money but does not pay its players. They are in it for only glory and that lies at the heart of the event's global attraction.

But the biennial match between Europe and the United States can only exist if the leading golfers from those two geographical entities buy into it. Were they to show any indifference, then the sport's most exciting show is fatally diminished.

Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup postponement 'most likely'

Read full article on Ryder Cup 2020: Postponement likely as Whistling Straits announcement nears

Postponement is the most likely outcome as golf bosses on both sides of the Atlantic hold complex meetings to decide whether this year's Ryder Cup can be played.

A European Tour spokesman was only prepared to say "fingers crossed" when asked whether a final decision will be revealed this week, but chief executive Keith Pelley had promised an announcement by the end of June.

Andy Sullivan

World ranking points system 'a joke'

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English Ryder Cup golfer Andy Sullivan has branded the decision to award world ranking points for tournaments on the American PGA Tour as an "absolute joke", "completely unfair" and "ridiculous".

But the player, who partnered Rory McIlroy on his debut for Europe at Hazeltine in 2016, would back a move to postpone this year's Ryder Cup which is scheduled for Wisconsin this September.

(l-r) Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and his caddie Harry Diamond in a golf buggy

Players not invincible despite flouting rules

Read full article on PGA Tour players not invincible despite flouting social distancing rules at tournaments

It all seemed less tactile and a lot more careful once confirmation of Nick Watney's positive test for Covid-19 sent a much needed jolt through the field of the RBC Heritage tournament at Hilton Head.

News that the 39-year-old Californian had fallen victim to coronavirus last week penetrated an apparent shield of misplaced invincibility among the world's best golfers.

Justin Rose and wife Kate

Rose 'excited' to launch 'Ladies Series'

Read full article on Rose Ladies Series: Women need support of male golfers - Liz Young

Fresh from his third placed finish in Texas, England's Justin Rose prepares for his second tournament back after lockdown with at least half an eye on what is happening with the women's game in his native Hampshire.

Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club stages the inaugural tournament in the Rose Ladies Series, set up following backing from the men's Olympic champion. Among the field are Solheim Cup stars Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies as well as the most recent Ladies European Tour (LET) winner Alice Hewson and Meghan MacLaren.