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Cigar Guy is a photoshop meme stemming from a photograph of professional golfer Tiger Woods taken during the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales, United Kingdom. The image initially began circulating online for its perfectly-timed capture of Tiger Wood’s ball flying straight towards the camera, but the Internet’s attention soon shifted to a spectator wearing a turban and fake mustache in the crowd, who was eventually dubbed “Cigar Guy.”
During the 2010 Ryder Cup held on October 3rd, 2010, the Daily Mail photographer Mark Pain was hit with a golf ball as Tiger Woods was attempting to make a chip shot in the last hole of the round. Just before the ball hit the lens of Pain’s camera, he snapped a photograph capturing the ball in mid-air, Wood’s look of concern and the curious gazes of the crowd. It was subsequently posted on the Daily Mail website.
The cigar-toting fan in the crowd was first pointed out by a Redditor aatmka, who posted a Facebomb photo turning the entire crowd into the Cigar Guy. The humor blog BroBible also began photoshopping the fan into other images later that same day.
On October 4th, Cigar Guy images were posted on Urlesque, Memebase and Tauntr, and a Facebook fan page was established for the still-anonymous spectator. On October 5th, MSNBC reported on the photoshop meme, which led to a flurry of other mentions in the press the next day, including Bleacher Report, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, TIME NewsFeed, Funny or Die and the Daily Mail.
On October 9th, 2010, the Daily Mail tracked down the man in the photograph, a South London resident by the name of Rupesh Shingadia (shown below, left). In an exclusive interview, Shingadia revealed he was wearing a costume in tribute to Spanish golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez (shown below, right) as a way of showing his support for the European team. An investment analyst, he told the Daily Mail that he would have never worn the costume had he known the life it would take on, but he was glad to be able to “put a smile on people’s faces.” Following this interview, Cigar Guy’s identity was also mentioned on Urlesque, Yahoo! News and TIME NewsFeed, leading up to an appearance on NBC’s TODAY show on October 15th, 2010.
Bleacher Report – Cigar Guy: Top 20 Photoshops of Tiger Woods’ Newest Friend
Huffington Post – Tiger Woods Cigar Guy: Accidental Photobomb Sparks A Meme (PHOTOS)