SHE'S kept a low profile so far, but now the American girlfriend of golfer Graeme McDowell has confirmed that their relationship is serious by taking to the course to support her man.
They've rarely been snapped together but it's clear that Portrush man Graeme and his other half, Kristin Stape, are stronger than ever, after she turned out to cheer him on during the US Open over the weekend.
It is believed the interior designer has been dating Co Antrim man for more than a year. Even though she lingered in the background yesterday, Kristin watched as Graeme just failed to take a second US Open title at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
The brunette beauty is based in Winter Park, Florida, and is the lead designer at Soco Interiors.
She has been pictured with G-mac on only a handful of occasions, though the couple were delighted to pose for photos while enjoying Tyrone pal Darren Clarke's Bahamas beach wedding in April.
Kristin also attended the European Tour Golfer of the Year Awards dinner in May.
She's also become quite friendly with her 33-year-old partner's colleagues and has been chatting to golfers Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry on her social networking site.