Daly in contention at Nationwide Tour event


FORT SMITH, Ark. – John Daly shot a 4-under 66 Thursday in the first round of the Fort Smith Classic, his first Nationwide Tour event since 1991.

Daly is from Dardanelle, about 75 miles from Hardscrabble Country Club, where the tournament is being played. He’s hoping to help the event find a title sponsor to ensure its viability.

Daly had one bogey and five birdies and was one stroke behind the leaders midway through the afternoon, with players still on the course. Brenden Pappas, who like Daly attended the University of Arkansas, is at 5 under along with Chris Kirk.