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.

Brooks Koepka roars in delight after winning the US PGA at Bethpage

'Koepka the perfect modern golf machine'

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Among active players on tour only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have won more majors than US PGA champion Brooks Koepka.

Sunday's fourth major triumph from his last eight starts means the American heads to the US Open knowing another successful title defence would put him alongside Mickelson for victories in the tournaments that matter most.

Tommy Fleetwood

'Fleetwood as host is a Masters-stroke'

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Tommy Fleetwood is playing a big role in dragging the European Tour out of the golfing shadows as he hosts this week's British Masters at Hillside.

It is ironic that when Eddie Pepperell claimed the title at Walton Heath last autumn it was feared the Englishman would exist as reigning champion for a prolonged period, as there was then no sponsor or player pencilled in to host this year's tournament.

Rory McIlroy and Tigers Woods during the final round of the 2015 Masters

A rare top-table winner for most unpredictable major?

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Logic suggests it should be the easiest to foretell, but of the four majors the Masters is often the most unpredictable.

This is despite it having the smallest field and being played at the same course every year. But heading into the 83rd edition of golf's most glamorous tournament, none of the world's top 11 players have won at the Augusta National.

Jennifer Kupcho

Women's golf thrust into the spotlight

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As Augusta moments go, Jennifer Kupcho's successful birdie putt across the final green was right up there.

Within seconds of the 21-year-old from Wake Forest completing the 67 that gave her a four-stroke victory, she was drenched in champagne. That famous old 18th green had never seen the like before.

Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar

'Garcia & Kuchar are both to blame'

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Golf is a maddening game usually made more sane by unspoken empathy between opponents. It is this spirit that helps make it the envy of many a sport.

This is why Matt Kuchar is feeling the heat for doing nothing wrong according to the rules of the game. His crime was contravening its spirit during his quarter-final win over Sergio Garcia at the WGC Match Play in Austin, Texas.

Rory McIlroy

'I'm playing better golf than the majority'

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During the summer of his golfing life, in 2014, Rory McIlroy was famously booze-free; the abstinence bringing two majors and a World Golf Championships title as he rose to world number one.

Having won The Open that year, followed by the Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA, I asked him if it was finally time to toast his success? "Oh yes, I'm going to be celebrating this," he laughed.