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Mysterious Cigar Guy From Tiger Woods Photo Finally Found

Oct 11, 2010 – 12:45 PM
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Everybody's seen the picture of Tiger Woods flubbing a chip shot and in the process accidentally nailing the photographer (and his camera) responsible for it. But that's not the most amazing thing about the photo. It's the wide-eyed mustachioed gentlemen to Tiger's left who is chomping on a cigar without a care in the world.

His presence -- perhaps more than the out-of-focus golf ball headed straight at the viewer -- is what makes the pic and what spawned a week-long internet meme.

Well, the London Daily Mail, the same outfit that brought us the iconic photograph, has now tracked down the identity of Cigar Guy.
We can reveal that Cigar Guy is golf fan Rupesh Shingadia, a 30-year-old investment analyst in the City – and a very reluctant star. 'I am embarrassed and overwhelmed,' he said in an exclusive interview. 'Never in a million years could I have expected anything like this.
Also -- and this might comes as a surprise to some of you not trained in the nuances of spotting horribly fitting toupees -- Rupesh was wearing a wig and a fake 'stache.
Rupesh said his costume was a 'tribute' to Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez. 'I wanted to do something to show my support for the European team and I thought of Miguel. 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.'
I'd love to see how Rupesh dishonors an opponent if this is how he shows support. I suppose we should just all be happy he wasn't paying homage to Colin Montgomerie's legacy.

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