'World's Sexiest Woman': A sneak peek into the love life of golfer Paige Spiranac
Retired pro golfer Paige Spiranac was named 'World's Sexiest Woman' for 2022 by Maxim Magazine. The blonde pin-up model is a social media sensation but had kept her love life rather private until recently.
Spiranac, 29, boasts a following of more than 3.4 million on Instagram, where she posts content of herself playing on the greatest golf courses in the world while wearing short skirts and figure-hugging tops. It's worth noting that she's the first sportswoman to take the top spot in Maxim's hot-100 list, which first appeared in 2000. Spiranac briefly opened up about her relationship status earlier this month.
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During a Q&A session on her 'Playing a Round' podcast this month, Spiranac expressed her desire to remarry following a "traumatic" divorce from athletic trainer Steven Tinoco. “As you guys know, I am divorced,” said the golfer. “I wasn’t married for very long and I think that when I initially got divorced, I said I will never get married ever again.” While it's unclear when the pair parted ways, she revealed in March that she's "no longer married."
“I do get this question a lot so I do want to address it. I was married,” Spiranac responded to a fan during another Q&A. “I am no longer married and if you could just respect my privacy it would mean a lot to me.” It's worth noting that Spiranac and Tinoco tied the knot in 2018. “I met him at the start of my career, so we have done this entire thing together,” Spiranac told the New York Post in June 2020. At the time, she said the pair lived a quiet home life and that her then-husband was highly supportive of her social media activity. “He is so understanding and knows this is a business for me,” she said of Tinoco at the time. “He will say, ‘Hey, show a little more cleavage’.”
especially when you have some chick doing this #slowrounds pic.twitter.com/nODFDFYzqd— Steven Tinoco (@STinoco606) September 24, 2016
The 29-year-old also acknowledged she had been linked to several athletes across the world of sports. “At some point or another, yes,” Spiranac said when asked if she'd dated all types of athletes. “Well, maybe not all athletes, but the main sports.” Spiranac then joked about the stereotypes of athletes she's been with.
“Too busy playing ‘Call of Duty’ to text you back, and has lied about being shorter than they really are for some weird reason,” Spiranac quipped of basketball players. “He has an Instagram aesthetic that doesn’t involve you.” She then moved on to baseball. “I think out of all of the sports, I have probably dated the most baseball players, especially in college. So, I have a lot here,” she said. “He wears either a gold chain or a rope necklace,” she joked, adding, “He lost his virginity at a Kenny Chesney concert.” Speaking of golf, the model quipped, “His hairline is the only thing less reliable than his commitment to your relationship,” and “He prefers to perform in silence.”
In May 2017, when a fan suggested that Spiranac would eventually get into a relationship with golf star Justin Thomas, she offered a hilarious response. “He’s in a relationship and I’m engaged. I flirted with him in junior golf but he rejected me haha been mending a broken heart since then," she cracked. Spiranac also joked about football and hockey players, whom she called her favorites. “His weaknesses include complimenting you and cocktail waitresses,” she said.
Spiranac said her biggest heartbreak was a football player from her college days. She said she played golf in Arizona during her freshman year before transferring to San Diego State for the final three years of her college. “But I don’t know if that actually counts because he was a kicker,” she joked, noting he was her senior at the time. “I just thought he was the cutest, most amazing person ever and I fell in love with him, and it was so bad to the point where he would text me at 3 am just so I could give him a ride home, and so I was like his Uber driver, and I would do it.”
Spiranac also bemoaned how the suitor never took her out on a date. “He had no interest in me whatsoever,” she said, noting they only hung out a couple of times. The model also insisted she's never had a one-night stand. “I had the intention of doing one, one time, and I met him off of Tinder,” she explained, adding her pals pushed her to get back into the market following a break-up. “We did, and I saw him every single day for the next couple of months after that,” Spiranac said.
That said, Spiranac has also spoken about how some men would use her. “The one thing I always had was that I was a good golfer, and guys love golf. So. I would always open a conversation with, ‘Hey, I play golf,’ and anything along those lines and I thought it would work,” she said on her podcast in April 2020. “Unfortunately, they were only using me for golf lessons and golf equipment.”