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.

US men's golf player Bryson DeChambeau

Slow players face penalty strokes

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Penalty strokes are more likely to be imposed on slow players after the announcement of new measures to speed up European Tour golf.

With slow play one of the hottest topics in the game, the Tour will impose the strongest protocols in the professional game from next season. They are designed to ensure rounds at their tournaments take less time to complete.

Suzann Pettersen poses with the Solheim Cup

Reid backs Matthew's bold Pettersen call

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For a golfer regarded as one of the game's more quiet, measured and pragmatic figures, Catriona Matthew made the boldest of calls in selecting Suzann Pettersen for her ninth Solheim Cup.

The Norwegian's world-class credentials and feisty, fighting qualities are in no doubt but Pettersen, who has been as high as number two in the world, has played competitively only twice in the last two years.

Hinako Shibuno high-fives spectators

'Shibuno's instant impact was the stuff of Seve'

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A star is born. It was delivered with Hinako Shibuno's extraordinary victory at the Women's British Open, where she demonstrated a potential to illuminate the sport for years to come.

During the first competitive rounds she has ever played outside her native Japan, this engaging 20-year-old leaped from being a complete unknown to becoming arguably the hottest property in the women's game.

Bronte Law

Players reluctant to complain about crowded calendar around majors

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One week on from the last major, the world's top female golfers are reconvening for the Women's British Open which starts at Woburn on Thursday.

It is a ridiculously short turnaround between events that define players' careers. Many are putting on brave faces, accepting that the crowded calendar is the price to pay for heavy sponsor investment.

Rory McIlroy hugs playing partner Brooks Koepka on the final day of the World Golf Championships Invitational in Memphis, United States

'Mcllroy has to find a way of playing his best when it is most required'

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The questions grow louder for the decade's most successful golfer but, heading towards the 2020s, what does the future hold for Rory McIlroy?

Aged 30, the Northern Irishman should be heading into his peak years. He certainly does not lack ability to add significantly to his tally of four majors and 25 professional wins.

An Open flag at Royal Portrush

Royal Portrush hole-by-hole guide

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Gary McNeill has been head professional at Royal Portrush for the past 20 years. A former Irish Amateur Champion, no one knows better the Dunluce course staging its first Open since 1951.

Compared with when Max Faulkner triumphed in 1951, the famous Harry Colt design has undergone considerable change, including two new holes to replace the old 17th and 18th.

Francesco Molinari wins the 2018 Open

Open champion Molinari's different approach

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No one can accuse Open champion Francesco Molinari of being afraid of taking different routes on the road to success.

The Italian famously embraced the original and sometimes unorthodox teachings of his performance director Dave Alred, a policy which routinely takes him to the "ugly zone" in his practice regime.

Paul McGinley

McGinley calls the shots at Irish Open

Read full article on Irish Open: Paul McGinley will be at the helm with Rory McIlroy sitting out

The countdown is quickening in anticipation of only the second Open to be staged outside England or Scotland when the championship returns to Royal Portrush later this month.

While the Northern Irish town readies itself for the moment it becomes centre of the sporting world, that sense of gathering momentum is currently being felt at the opposite end of Ireland.