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Cigar Guy’s identity revealed!

Cigar Guy’s secret identity has been revealed, and in the end, the truth was right in front of our faces all along.

Cigar Guy is, of course, the mysterious grinning stranger in the corner of that famous Daily Mail Tiger Woods photo from the Ryder Cup last week. Wearing what appeared to be a turban and smoking a cigar the size of a small tree, the absurdly out-of-place Cigar Guy kicked off a worldwide Internet game of Photoshop one-upsmanship. Within moments, Cigar Guy began showing up all throughout history, like here:

You can see plenty more of the same at Funny or Die, among many other places. Heck, at least one site is already selling a Cigar Guy t-shirt.  

But at long last, he’s been found! The London Daily Mail did the investigative work, and it turns out that Cigar Guy is actually a mild-mannered, mildly embarrassed young man! (Isn’t that always the way with our heroes?) Cigar Guy is Rupesh Shingadia, a 30-year-old investment analyst who — no kidding — still lives with his parents in South London.

[Shocking photo: The golf swing behind an August wildfire]

The first clue that Cigar Guy was not all he seemed was the fact that the “turban” turned out to be a ponytail wig, as you can see here from this alternate angle:

And as it turned out, the mustache was fake too. Shingadia was a few weeks early for Halloween. But who was the inspiration for his costume? Why, someone that golf fans should have recognized instantly, of course:

That’s right, he was dressed as Miguel Angel Jimenez, the smooth, cigar-smoking golf version of The Most Interesting Man In The World.

“I wanted to do something to show my support for the European team, and I thought of Miguel,” Shingadia told the Daily Mail. “These days sportsmen have become devoid of character. But Miguel does his own thing and I love the way he walks around the course with a cigar clamped between his teeth.”

Beyond that, well … there’s not really all that much to tell about a guy that dressed up as another guy and happened to end up the focus of attention in one of the most celebrated photos of the year, if not the decade. Shingadia said he had no intention of playing to the TV cameras; he was there to watch some golf.

“My friends were keen to get me together with Miguel,” he said. “I was quite close to him at the 13th. I like to think there was a flicker of a smile when he looked in my direction. His caddie was certainly laughing.”

And a few holes later, with one fateful Woods mis-hit, so was the rest of the planet.

By: Jay Busbee


Tiger Woods creates a new star!


A photographer for the Daily Mail got an amazing picture at the Ryder Cup of Tiger Woods flubbing a shot headed directly at the camera. He didn’t duck and Tiger’s golf ball actually hit the lens — but not before the image was captured midflight. The photo has been seen around the world.

But that’s not what’s captivating the Web. It’s the amazingly unique look of the fan standing just to the right of Tiger’s shoulder, chomping on a cigar, wearing a turban-like brown hat, and sporting a thick, Groucho Marx–style mustache. The spectator just steals the show.

And just like that, the “Cigar Guy” Internet star was born. The mystery man has been inserted in pictures and shared around the Web. Yahoo! searches for the mustachioed golf fan twirled up 675% in just one day. Searches were also popular on “Cigar Guy,” “cigar guy ryder cup,” and “cigar guy tiger woods.”

It’s the shot that launched a photo-editing frenzy: One image is of the now famous Tiger Woods photo, except everyone, including Tiger, has been turned into the Cigar Guy. Check it out here. There’s the Cigar Guy on a Beatles album cover. And the Cigar Guy taking out Sonny Liston. Talk about being in the right place at the rigt time!

While the original picture is incredible, it may be even more memorable for taking on a life of its own. A photographic hole-in-one.



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