Northern Ireland

Golfer Graeme McDowell engaged to American girlfriend

Graeme McDowell and Kristin Stape
Image caption Graeme McDowell has become engaged to Kristin Stape

Portrush golfer Graeme McDowell has confirmed his engagement to his American girlfriend Kristin Stape.

One of Northern Ireland's most successful golfers, he won the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach.

The 33-year-old proposed to Ms Stape in Dubai two weeks ago, but the news only emerged on the social network site Twitter on Wednesday.

Ms Stape, an interior designer, met the golfer when he hired her company to work on his house in Orlando, Florida.

In an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper Mr McDowell said he popped the question on the 700ft-high helideck at the Burj Al Arab Hotel.

Mr McDowell is back in Dubai this week to take part in the DP World Tour Championship.

When news emerged of the engagement on Twitter he was congratulated by Rory McIlroy's girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, to which he replied: "Thanks Wozza! You next ;)"