Jon Rahm left stunned by new DP World Tour prototype

The DP World Tour is testing a new prototype cup at the Open De Espana, and Jon Rahm wasn't quite sure what to make of it. 

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

Typically, when you hole a putt, you don't expect to see the ball again until you reach in and take it out—or at least, that's how it used to be. 

In a new video published on the DP World Tour's social channels, Jon Rahm was amused after holing his putt during the Open De Espana Pro-am at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, to then see the cup rise out of the ground and present him with his ball a few inches above the hole.

The new design, which the DP World Tour has confirmed is a marketing prototype, is only being trialled in the Pro-am, so sadly, we won't see an entire field of intrigued golfers when play commences on Thursday. 

Rahm was visibly fascinated when he saw his ball emerge and approached the hole with caution before bending down to pick it up and quickly breaking out into a fit of laughter. 

Check out the video below

Fans were quick to react to the video posted online, with some questioning the purpose of the new addition, while others dreaded to think about a hypothetical situation in which the cup would emerge to prevent a potential hole-in-one. 

This week's Open De Espana will be the first time golf fans will have seen Rahm in action since his scintillating performance at the 2023 Ryder Cup

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

The Spaniard has headed back to his homeland to compete in a tournament that he has won on three separate occasions, the last of which came only last year. 

If Rahm is successful in defending his title, he will increase his tally to four Open De Espana wins, overtaking his childhood hero Seve Ballesteros, who won the title three times in his career. 

Undoubtedly, the bookie's favourite, Rahm, will be fighting off competition from a primarily European field that features his recent Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose

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