November 21 2012
Graeme McDowell used the spectacular setting of the 656-foot high helipad of the Burg Al Arab Hotel in Dubai to propose to his long-time girlfriend Kristin Stape.
The Northern Irishman proposed to the U.S.-born Stape two weeks ago and plan to get married at the end of next year, he said.
"I did it properly, getting down on one knee," McDowell told the Irish Independent about the proposal. “She had no idea what was going on and was shocked and stunned. I even found myself getting a little bit emotional.
"It was a very special location, looking out over Dubai."
McDowell first met Stape when he contacted her Orlando interior design business to decorate his home and popped the question when in Dubai for a practice session before heading to the Australian Masters in Melbourne.
So now she'll be moving into the house she's designed," McDowell told the newspaper.
"Hopefully she's built a house she likes because it'll cost me a lot of money if we have to change it," he added with a laugh. "But I don't see that happening. Kristin's a great girl and both my family and hers are delighted with the news."
The Associated Press contributed to this report