20 Things You Didn't Know About Paige Spiranac

How well do you know golf social media star Paige Spiranac?

Paige Spiranac holds her finish after hitting a shot
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1. She was born in 1993 in Colorado and now lives in Arizona

2. She originally wanted to be an Olympic gymnast but turned to golf after injuring her knees

3. Spiranac is the most-followed golfer on Instagram, with her following even eclipsing that of Tiger Woods

4. She attended the University of Arizona before transferring to San Diego State University

5. She formerly competed on the Cactus Tour and won her first event in June 2016, defeating then-World No.1 amateur Hannah O'Sullivan in a playoff

6. The American attempted to qualify for the LPGA Tour in 2016 but failed to make it through Q-School

7. She made her Ladies European Tour debut at the 2015 Omega Dubai Ladies Classic after receiving a tournament invite

8. She made her second appearance at the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic in 2016, where she went on to make the cut and finish in a tie for 58th position

9. At the 2016 Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, Spiranac broke down in tears during a press conference after revealing the levels of hate and cyberbullying she had received

Paige Spiranac pictured in tears during a 2016 press conference

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10. That led her to begin working with anti-cyberbullying and online hate organisation Cybersmile

11. She retired from professional golf in December 2016

12. She appeared in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

13. She has also appeared on the front cover of Golf Digest

14. As a child, Paige Spiranac had a condition where her hair was falling out and she was also teased for looking like a boy. “I had a lot of health issues growing up,” Paige told the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. “On top of the hair condition, I had asthma and bad social anxiety. I was one weird little kid. So I know how it feels to be an outsider, how it feels to be bullied, to have no friends, to be that person no one wanted around.”

15. She made a hole-in-one in front of Gary Player during the 2021 Berenberg Invitational Pro-Am at GlenArbor Golf Club in New York

Paige Spiranac poses after making a hole-in-one

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16. She was formerly sponsored by PXG and currently has ambassador roles with PointsBet Sportsbook and Shot Scope

17. She has a successful podcast called Playing A Round With Paige Renee

18. She married her now-husband Steven Tinoco in December 2018

Paige Spiranac and her now-husband Steven Tinoco pictured in 2017

Spiranac and Tinoco pictured in 2017

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19. Her social media following grew after TotalFratMove.com wrote about her in 2015

20. As of January 2021, she has in excess of nine million followers across Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and YouTube

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x