Graeme McDowell engaged to Kristin Stape

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Graeme McDowell has spoken of his excitement after becoming engaged to his American girlfriend Kristin Stape.

The former US Open champion proposed to the interior designer from Florida in style on the helideck of the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

In a tweet posted this morning he said he was over the moon after Kristin said yes.

“Thanks for all the messages guys. V excited about my engagement to @kristinstape. She’s an amazing girl.” (sic)

The Portrush golfer admitted he was very nervous when it came to popping the question.

“I did it properly, getting down on one knee,” he told the Irish Independent.

“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.”

The couple, both aged 33, said they will likely get married at the end of 2013.