Liz Hurley 'accepts Shane Warne's marriage proposal' in front of VIP diners at St Andrews

By John Geoghegan and Inderdeep Bains

The couple were seen kissing on St Andrew's Old Course yesterday before he proposed to her

For legendary spin bowler Shane Warne, this was one delivery he had to get right.

The Australian cricketer has popped the question to girlfriend Liz Hurley, it was claimed last night.

He is believed to have proposed in a restaurant at the exclusive Old Course Hotel in St Andrews following a romantic meal.

Mr Warne, 42, made the declaration in front of stunned VIP guests in the hotel’s fine dining Road Hole Restaurant, sources said. To the delight of gathered diners, Miss Hurley is said to have accepted.

The couple have been attending the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The source said: ‘Shane proposed over dinner and it was fairly public, not a private affair.

'It was a VIP crowd in there this evening. It was residents only, including Dunhill past players.

‘He didn’t get down on one knee, but when it was announced the other guests in the restaurant stood up and applauded.

‘Everyone there was absolutely delighted.’

A spokesman for the Scottish hotel said they were unable to comment on the news.

Speculation has been rife that Mr Warne was planning to propose to the 45-year-old model and mother-of-one. They have been dating for only ten months.

The marriage proposal is believed to have been made in the fine dining restaurant of the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews

I will: He shocked diners in the fine-dining restaurant at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews

Mr Warne was divorced in 2006 after ten years of marriage to wife Simone. Miss Hurley divorced textiles heir Arun Nayar in June.

Earlier yesterday the couple were pictured walking across the Old Course in St Andrews during the second day of the pro-am tournament.

Talk of the proposal swept St Andrews last night.

The Old Course Hotel has 144 lavish bedrooms and suites, many of them designed by top French designer Jacques Garcia.

Popular with celebrities who visit St Andrews, the hotel boasts on its website that its rooms have ‘picture postcard views’ of the course.

Both avid Twitter users, Mr Warne’s last tweet to Miss Hurley before asking for her hand read: ‘Let’s play the Dunhill together next year - you up for it?

‘You swing great & have nice rhythm – with a super short game! X’

A spokesman for the couple was unavailable last night.

Mr Warne has undergone a radical physical transformation in recent months though he has has denied going under the knife He says his youthful look is down to love and his smoother skin is thanks to the help of Miss Hurley.

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