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GOLF The run-up to the Ryder Cup, the biennial showdown between US and European golf, has become almost as newsworthy as the tournament itself in recent years. As the Daily Telegraph harrumphed this month, the job of the respective team captains “can be accorded roughly the same reverence as Secretary-General of the United Nations”, especially when it comes to their wild-card picks. This year’s event is no exception. When US captain Jim Furyk named Tony Finau as his final captain’s choice, it was another milestone for the Tongan-Samoan PGA Tour player and an occasion for feel-good headlines all over the golfing press. The nearly 2m-tall Finau learned his game with a couple of op-shop clubs his father bought, and by 17 was good enough to turn down several offers of college basketball scholarships to become a pro golfer. The preliminaries give way to the golf itself on Friday, when live coverage of matchplay begins ( Sky Sport 3, 6pm). The US team emphatically ended a run of European victories in 2016, but that was on an American course. Can they repeat the trick this year at the Albatros course near Paris?
The BBC’s 2016 decision to end a 40-year relationship with the British Darts Organisation in favour of a new tournament run by the rival Professional Darts Corporation shook up the sport of throwing small pointed missiles at a circular target. But the new contest – featuring the top eight PDC players – has taken off. In the opening 2018 game ( Sky Sport Pop-Up 1, Sunday, 9am), 2017 winner Mensur Suljović faces world champion Rob Cross.