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.

A general view of Royal St George's golf cours

Why Open qualifying pros outweigh cons

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As Royal St George's glistens with a coating from the first winter frosts, it feels a world away from the anticipated warmth of July sunshine and the heat of competition for the Claret Jug.

But it is this week when the starting gun is officially fired for the start of the 149th Open Championship. The initial steps are about to be taken to assemble the field for golf's oldest major.

Hong Kong Open flags during the 2018 tournament

'Golf shows awareness of outside world - but does it happen enough?'

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As one season ends and another begins, the European and Asian Tours have shown rare sensitivity and enlightened PR by postponing the opening tournament of their 2019-20 campaign.

Major winners including Henrik Stenson, Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed would have been heading from the Middle East to the Far East this week, had the Hong Kong Open not been called off.

Robert MacIntyre

'Scotland's greatest ever lefty ready for biggest stages'

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Young Scot Robert MacIntyre provides a compelling subplot when the European Tour season reaches its climax in the Middle East this week.

The 23-year-old from Oban is on the verge of completing a sensational debut campaign on the main circuit - leading the charge to be crowned top newcomer and claim the prestigious Rookie of the Year title.

Tyrell Hatton

'Hatton win great for British golf'

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It took a while to get there but the Turkish Open ultimately provided a climax and winner of genuine substance.

Tyrrell Hatton is back - and that is great news for British and European golf. The-28-year-old from High Wycombe is a serious talent and his Turkish triumph was his first in two years and fourth on the European Tour.

Bernd Wiesberger with the Italian Open trophy

'European Tour takes limelight and set for fascinating conclusion'

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There is an often justifiable view that the European Tour plays second fiddle to the American-based PGA Tour.

The continent's biggest stars inevitably gravitate towards US citizenship no matter how much they attach themselves to Europe's cause in Ryder Cups. It is simple, they follow the money.

Tiger Woods

'The greatest winning machine in golf'

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Tiger Woods is the greatest winning machine golf has ever known. This is also a golfer who deals exclusively in realms of the extraordinary.

It was only a matter of fitness and time before he moved alongside Sam Snead for the most number of wins on the PGA Tour. The way he equalled the record of 82 victories was remarkable and in keeping with his exceptional career.

Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy

Will McIlroy v Koepka light up the game?

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Golf is a sport that gives you a proverbial kicking just when you least expect it.

A player can believe they have the game sussed, only to find that when the pressure is dialled up they are as fallible as ever. A wayward drive, a duffed chip or a three-putt arrives out of the blue.

The 10th hole at the Belfry

Iconic venues overlooked on calendar

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They stage the biggest golf events in Europe, but what is the long-term legacy for the courses that hold the Ryder Cup? Why do they disappear from relevance soon after being centre of the golfing world?

These are questions worth considering in the week that Le Golf National plays host to the French Open for the first time since the continent's thumping victory over the United States just over a year ago.

Jon Rahm

'I'm trying to grow golf in Spain like Seve did'

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It may not have been against the strongest field, but Jon Rahm's latest victory inextricably linked him to one of golf's all-time greats and gave further evidence that he is one of the most important talents in the game.

Still only 24, the burly Spaniard entered the record books by notching his fifth European Tour triumph through a commanding win at the Open de Espana in Madrid.

Danny Willett

From Masters win to world 496 and back again - Willett's redemption road leads to Ryder Cup

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Danny Willett knows what is coming. The 31-year-old Englishman has lit the blue touch paper on a potentially redemptive Ryder Cup return.

Three years ago, Willett made his debut in the biennial match against the United States as the reigning Masters champion. There were six rookies in the European team but, as a major winner, he was regarded as a potential on-course leader.