It's not yet official, but if a posed picture on Golf Digest's Instagram account of the World's No 2 golfer Jordan Spieth and his schoolgirl sweetheart, Annie Verret, wearing (on the appropriate finger) what looks for all the world like an engagement ring with a huge square-cut diamond means anything, the couple are engaged.
Not too many 24-year-olds could afford that kind of ring, but then Spieth is no ordinary 24-year-old. The three-time major winner is reported to have earned something like $36 million during the brief three or four years he has been a professional.
And the news that the long-standing relational of a couple who first met when they were high school seniors and stayed together during their college years when he was at the University of Texas and she at Texas Tech was getting close to marriage has already begun to go viral among the Texan young gun's host of female fans.
Fellow US professional Colt Knost perhaps summed things up best when he tweeted: 'A lot of young girls hearts breaking all over the world tonight. Congrats golden child.'
One of the earliest tweets came from Grace Edwards who wrote: "Jordan Spieth is engaged. My hopes and dreams are crushed. If you find a look-alike, please send him my way."
Another female tweeter, Madison Rose, picture herself in tears with a caption that reads: "Me:*sobbing* "Daaaaadddd. I'm so upset". Dad: "I know, I know". Mom: "What???? What happened???" Dad: "Jordan Spieth just got engaged."
Spieth, who in general has kept his relationship with Verret private, touched on it after he won The Open in England in July when he told reporters that he listed golf as less important than his relationship with her and his family.
He said: "Golf's not number one in my life. And I'll have a family of my own someday and golf will be fourth. So as of now, you know, my relationships I have with my best friends and my family and my girlfriend are second and golf's third.'
Spieth and Verret, who currently works for First Tee Texas, live together, it has been reported, in a 16,000 sq. foot Dallas mansion valued at $7.1 million.
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