Graeme McDowell gets engaged

Kristin Stape and Graeme McDowell
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Kristin Stape and Graeme McDowell have kept their relationship pretty low-key, but she has accompanied him to several high-profile golf events over the past year, including the Ryder Cup.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | 9:49 p.m.

Graeme McDowell has gotten engaged to his long-time girlfriend Kristin Stape, he announced on Wednesday in Dubai.

G-Mac took Stape up to the helipad – 656 feet off the ground – at the spectacular Burj al-Arab Hotel in Dubai to propose two weeks ago, he said, then played the Australian Masters before returning to Dubai for this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship on the European Tour.

"I did it properly, getting down on one knee," said the 33-year-old Northern Irishman. "She was very shocked and had no idea what was going on."

McDowell first met Stape several years ago when he contacted her Orlando interior design business to decorate his home. Coincidentally, he is responsible for Darren Clarke getting together with his new wife, former Ms. Northern Ireland Alison Campbell – McDowell set them up on a blind date.



Wow. I mean . . . just . . . wow.