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.

Eddie Pepperell, Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Thomas Bjorn and Lee Westwood

Video puts Europe's stars centre stage

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While there has been plenty of discussion about the European Tour playing second fiddle to its American counterpart, there is little doubt it leads the way in one vital element for the game.

The continental circuit comprehensively outguns the PGA Tour when it comes to social media content and promoting its star players.

Matt Wallace

Wallace dreaming big after breakthrough year

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Few European Tour players will view 2019 with more optimism than Matt Wallace, the late blooming but prolific Londoner who enjoyed the season of his life last year.

Wallace competes in this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and will be among the leading contenders during the Middle East swing that kicks off the tour's schedule this year.

Padraig Harrington

McIlroy, stats and wildcards... Europe's captain Harrington already scheming

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New European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington is considering reducing the number of wildcard picks he will have for next year's match in the United States.

The 47-year-old Irishman is also convinced Rory McIlroy will be fully committed to the European cause despite his pro-American comments made in Hawaii last week.

Stephen Curry takes a free drop before his second shot on the 10th during the first round of the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, CA on Thursday, August 03, 2017.

'How do you measure 95% certainty?' Reduced rulebook leaves room for confusion

Read full article on Rulebook overhaul is welcome - but some changes will need precise policing

Integrity lies at the heart of golf and without it there is not much of a game left.

Footballers can steal a few yards for a more advanced throw-in, a batter can stand their ground after edging to a wicketkeeper and a rugby player sneaks offside to disrupt the opposition and none suffer any great damage to their reputation.

Francesco Molinari and Georgia Hall

Hall's omission poses questions for golf

Read full article on Georgia Hall: Women's British Open champion's BBC Sports Personality omission poses questions for golf

It is a somewhat surreal experience following events at Sports Personality of the Year via social media while on a three-hour train journey. But it did bring into sharp focus how shoddily women's golf is regarded by the wider sporting public.

Trundling home on the rattler last Sunday night thoughts drifted to events in Birmingham. It was an evening when Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods, Europe's Ryder Cup team and potentially Georgia Hall were in the frame for recognition.

Aaron Rai

'Rise of Rai and Sharma could have huge effect on golf'

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Increasing participation in golf is the primary concern of all bodies running the game. Now those efforts could be significantly boosted by the emergence of two young talents of Indian descent.

Fresh from the victory of Wolverhampton's Aaron Rai at the recent Hong Kong Open, Shubhankar Sharma became the youngest Indian to wrap up the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods after The Match

Why The Match is worrying indication of golf's future

Read full article on The Match: $9m event indicates dangerous direction golf is heading

Cards on the table, I did not watch it. I had plans last Friday night and they were not going to be changed by The Match even though it carried a scary significance that stretched beyond a contest between America's two best known golfers.

Judging by the reaction to Phil Mickelson's 22nd hole victory over Tiger Woods I did not miss much.

Danny Willett

Why Dubai was Willett's proudest victory

Read full article on Danny Willett wins DP World Tour Championship: 'This was Englishman's proudest victory'

As he sat in the clubhouse at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club last January, Danny Willett had no idea what 2018 might deliver for his golf.

His shoulder was sore, his back was troublesome and his confidence was low. Yes, there was optimism - he is that kind of guy - but there was uncertainty and no guarantee he would ever rediscover a game that had been good enough to win the Masters.

Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari

'A golfing blockbuster made in Moliwood'

Read full article on Race to Dubai: Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood set for thrilling final showdown

While the Race to Dubai is not the most perfect league table, it reliably identifies the European Tour's finest performer and the coveted Harry Vardon Trophy invariably ends in the correct hands.

Few would contest the merits of the most recent winners - Tommy Fleetwood last year, Rory McIlroy three times in the last six campaigns and Henrik Stenson twice in the last five.