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Web Sensation 'Cigar Guy' Unmasked

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    The photo that started it all. Cigar Guy, circled in the back right corner, watched Tiger Woods hit a ball straight at a photographer. Then his odd appearance upstaged the stunning photo.Daily Mail

A cigar-chomping, turban-wearing golf fan who's been digitally added to hundreds of photos is the latest Internet sensation. And finally, we've gotten a glimpse under the fake mustache.

When a photographer for London paper the Daily Mail visited the Ryder Cup October 3, he expected to be snapping pictures of Tiger Woods. First a photograph Mark Pain took upstaged the famous golfer -- and then a strange-looking fan swept them both aside. 

It all started when Woods launched a shot straight at the Mail's photographer. Pain didn't flinch, instead catching the eye-opening shot seen above. But it's the strange character in the turban, mustache and cigar watching the action from the right hand side that has taken the Internet by storm. 

Cigar Guy's face is the center of imaging contests on several popular social-networking sites, including Reddit and Tauntr.com. His picture has since been digitally added to Beatles album covers, famous sports photographs, historical events and more. In one popular example, Cigar Guy's goofy face sits on the body of Muhammad Ali, who has just knocked Sonny Liston to the mat. 

And finally, after all the fun, the Daily Mail has unmasked the man behind the cigar

The Mail tracked down Cigar Guy to a single-family house in South London, where he is living with his parents, a retired mechanic and a housewife. Cigar Guy turns out to be golf fan Rupesh Shingadia, a 30-year-old investment analyst in London -- and a very reluctant star.

"I am embarrassed and overwhelmed," he told the Daily News. "Never in a million years could I have expected anything like this. It's truly surreal."

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."

Read more and see pictures of Cigar Guy without his disguise, at the Daily Mail.

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