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Slimmed down Daly chases Spanish leaders

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  • 'Wild Thing' shoots a two-under 70 in opening round of Spanish Open
  • Daly currently serving a six-month ban from the PGA Tour
  • Colin Montgomerie off the pace after opening round of level-par 72
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(CNN) -- John Daly made a steady start as he bids to resurrect his golfing career at the Spanish Open in Girona.

Daly takes a smoking break as he waits to play his shot to the 17th in Girona.

Daly takes a smoking break as he waits to play his shot to the 17th in Girona.

The 43-year-old American, who is currently serving a six-month ban from the PGA Tour after he was put in jail to sober up, carded a two-under 70 at the PGA Golf Catalunya Club.

Daly, dressed in light beige shirt with black and white striped trousers, has cut a colorful figure on the course over the last few days with his flamboyant new range of golf clothing.

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And following gastric band surgery he has cut a significantly reduced figure, losing about 20kg after being forced onto a strict diet.

Two-time major winner Daly showed his undoubted class with an eagle on the par-5 seventh and mixed his front half with two birdies and two bogeys.

He played the back nine in level par, retrieving a dropped shot with a fine birdie on the 17th. Daly, who has not played competitively since a trip to Australia this winter, was satisfied with his first round effort.

"I hit it pretty good but didn't make a lot of putts," he told Press Association.

Daly is now down to 788th in the world and in need of wild cards to get into major tournaments in Europe and the U.S.

"I'm not setting any goals at all yet. Just let it happen and try and work on the things Rick (coach Rick Smith) has me working on.

"If I keep doing it and doing it something good will happen."

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Daly, who is rumored to be in financial trouble and sold sporting goods and memorabilia in the car park at the U.S. Masters, trailed early leaders Jose Manual Lara of Spain and Scotland's Callum Macaulay by five shots.

He fared better than one of the other star attractions, Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, who battled to a level par 72 with four birdies and four bogeys.

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