Jon Rahm channeled Ted Lasso in his impressive opening-round play at Caves Valley Thursday afternoon.
Following a disappointing finish on Monday in the Northern Trust, Rahm made a triumphant comeback to the top of the BMW Championship leader board after the first day of play.
After he shot an 8-under par 64 on Thursday, taking the lead with Rory McIlroy and Sam Burns, Rahm credited the popular TV show for his redemption performance.
“I must say, for all those ‘Ted Lasso’ fans out there — be a goldfish,” Rahm said while he explained the turn of events in his game. “If you haven’t seen the show, you’ve just got to check it out.
“Played great golf last week, just a couple bad swings down the stretch, and that’s the most important thing to remember.”
Rahm has needed that type of attitude all year. He was leading the Memorial Tournament in June after three rounds, before he had to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. He went on to win the U.S. Open 15 days later. Then in July, Rahm tested positive for COVID-19 again, and was forced to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics.
“Ted Lasso,” an Apple TV+ show in its second season, is about an American college football coach, played by Jason Sudeikis, who takes on the head coach position for an English Premier League team, AFC Richmond, despite having zero experience in the sport.
During an episode of the hit show, Lasso tells one of his players to “be a goldfish,” which he describes as being one of the happiest animals on earth “because they only have a 10-second memory.”
Rahm’s Ted Lasso reference prompted a reporter to ask, “Who’s the best goldfish out there?”
“Oh, without a doubt Dustin Johnson,” Rahm said. “He has the ability to forget unfortunate moments better than anyone else.”
Johnson also had himself a strong Thursday at Caves Valley with a five-under 67.