Paige Spiranac’s “emotional” return to the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters has had a fairytale ending although unattached amateurs everywhere (and maybe a few pros too) probably won’t be so happy with the unexpected script.
Golf’s social media queen has been able to cast aside the disappointment of missing the cut for a second time in the season-ending Ladies European Tour event after being popped the question the day after the €500,000 tournament.
The Scottsdale, Arizona 23-year-old apparently said yes to former U.S. minor league baseballer Steven Tinoco who unveiled the news via a short video on Instagram – a post which has since been removed.
However, Spiranac alluded to “the best day of my life” in a Facebook post December 11 and we’re presuming, as cuddly as those cute wee penguins are at Ski Dubai, she was talking about Tinoco’s proposal.
She had taken to her own Instagram account the previous evening to explain away her golf at Emirates Golf Club where she carded rounds of 77-80 to finish 13-over-par in a tie for 102nd place, vowing to “come out stronger” for the experience.
It came after the LPGA Tour hopeful outlined the cyber bullying she encountered in the aftermath of missing the cut in Dubai the previous year when she was first granted a sponsor’s invite (see video).
“I have also been incredibly touched with the outpouring of support and the stories you have all shared with me after I spoke about my experiences with bullying. This along with the tragic passing of [caddy] Max Zechmann has proven to me that there is more to life than the score you shoot.“
As well as a shiny diamond engagement ring (we saw the rock before Tinoco’s post was taken down), Spiranac clearly has a firm shoulder to lean on for the inevitable backlash from online trolls to her near every move, on and off the course.
We wish the happy couple all the best for the future – and Spiranac more cute birdies… on the course, of course.