A player on the DP World Tour may have demonstrated one of the wildest putting techniques ever seen and, it turns out it was inspired by former Ryder Cup Europe captain Thomas Bjorn.
Sven Maurits, a 35-year-old from the Netherlands, is playing in the DP World Tour's KLM Open this week after getting in under one of the national spots.
It's his first start on the European-based circuit this year, and he shot a 1-over par 73 during Thursday's first round at Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt, Netherlands.
But it was what happened on the 17th hole that caught the attention of golf viewers, and subsequently confused golf fans online.
The DP World Tour posted a clip of Maurits' putting stroke, which was unusual, to say the least.
Maurits, the 2188 ranked player in the world, first gripped the putter with his left hand. His right arm is then bent 90 degrees, with that hand resting on his left arm.
The top of the putter shaft was then resting on the wrist of his right arm.
Here's the clip:
"Just when you think you've seen everything"— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) May 25, 2023
Sven Maurits showcases his new putting stroke #KLMOpen pic.twitter.com/4tqyQNuEIr
After the round, Maurits revealed that his unusual technique was actually inspired by Thomas Bjorn.
He told the DP World Tour:
Inspired by @thomasbjorngolf— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) May 25, 2023
Sven Maurits explains his putting grip and battles with the putting yips.#KLMOpen pic.twitter.com/7MwHKYZG5h
However, some online golf fans felt that Maurits' putting stroke was too similar to that of anchoring, which has resulted in players like Bernhard Langer being accused of "cheating" in the past.
The cheating by @BernhardLanger6 is laughable at this point..rules officials on the @ChampionsTour need to do their job… 14-1b anchor point created by the forearm …this is from today… @NoLayingUp @TronCarterNLU @chambleebrandel @AlanShipnuck @MintzGolf @Daniel_Rapaport pic.twitter.com/hl9K42Zn3J— TrotGolfer (@Trot_Golfer) February 19, 2023
Here are some of the comments from the Maurits video posted by the DP World Tour: