McDowell to wed longtime girlfriend

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell hit new heights recently when the Northern Irishman popped the question to his girlfriend Kristen Stape.

That’s because the 33-year-old Ryder Cup star had his head in the clouds, literally, proposing atop a 200-metre high helipad at the luxurious seven-star Burg Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

Graeme McDowell Graeme McDowell (Credit: Anthony Powter)

McDowell did it in style too, dropping to one knee to propose to Stape who had no hesitation in saying ‘yes’.

The couple have known each other for about two-and-a-half years after Stape was asked to consult on the interior design of McDowell’s new Orlando home.

McDowell admitted he became a bit emotional when he pledged his love and devotion to his American girlfriend, who began getting the attention of the world’s media when she partnered him at the recent Ryder Cup.

“She was shocked and quite stunned,” McDowell said.

“It was very special as it was a stunning location looking out over Dubai as the Burg Al Arab hotel does.

“We’ll probably get married towards the end of next year.”

“The funny thing is she came to this tournament last year and we went up to the Al Muntaha Restaurant that’s right at the top of the Burg Al Arab.”

“So I had a table booked when I was out here two weeks ago so we went back there but I told her the hotel was going to give us a quick look around, including going out onto the helipad.”

“I was very nervous in popping the question because I had a little speech I was going to make to her and found myself getting all choked up about it.”

“She had no chance of being choked up as she was just in total shock, and we’ve been told it’s the first marriage proposal on the helipad.”

“But we’re both 33 and we want to get on and start a family and stuff.”