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Ryder Cup Cigar Man unmasked!

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09:51 AM ET 10.12 | It was the greatest mystery in golf since Walter Hagen lost the Wanamaker Trophy: Who was that loveable Cigar Man lurking in the back of a photograph of Tiger Woods chipping at the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor? With his oversized, Groucho Marx mustache, debonair cigar and devil-may-care attitude, Cigar Man captured the world's imagination, or at least the portion of the world with decent Photoshop skills and extra time on their hands. Cigar Man soon appeared in photos with Abraham Lincoln and Homer Simpson and even a rap video. The Daily Mail (UK) found Cigar Man's secret identity. His name is Rupesh Shingadia and he's a 30-year-old investment analyst who lives in London. His costume was a tribute to Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jiminez. Rupesh confirms: 'I have never done anything like this before. I'm just an ordinary guy who loves golf and ??follows Arsenal. If I had known the incredible reaction it would produce, the way that Cigar Guy has snowballed, I would probably never have put on my costume. That said, I'm glad it has put a smile on people's faces.' Currently single, he was unaware of the marriage proposals delivered via Facebook. Perhaps he might wish to trade on that? 'I'm not so sure,' he says. 'I'd want them to love me for who I am ??? not just Cigar Guy.'

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October 12, 2010  11:35 AM ET

I care about this....why?

October 12, 2010  11:58 AM ET

Sadly, this is the probably the best golf story that's been on this site in a while.

October 12, 2010  12:42 PM ET

Debating going as the Cigar Guy for Halloween!

October 12, 2010  01:09 PM ET

Looks like T&R has put the clubs in the closet for the year.

October 12, 2010  01:38 PM ET

"Cigar man captured the world's imagination."

Jonis, shoot me in the head now with your Mathews MQ1 please.

Be swift and may your arrow be true. Don't make me linger.

October 12, 2010  02:17 PM ET

Marriage proposals? Are women that desperate?

October 12, 2010  03:52 PM ET
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Marriage proposals? Are women that desperate?

Cigar Man is the most interesting man in the world. He doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis

October 12, 2010  06:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Cigar Man is the most interesting man in the world. He doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis

LOL. I love those commercials, the radio versions are pretty clever. Actually, that doofus looks like he prefers Old Milwaukee Light.

October 12, 2010  09:35 PM ET

Put fireman Ed next to him.

October 12, 2010  11:34 PM ET

Great. The two teams completed a weekend of some excellent golf, along with an exciting finish to the Ryder, and all anyone can talk about is this clown??? What, was the guy with the rainbow afro already busy???

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October 13, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Looks like T&R has put the clubs in the closet for the year.

I dont think they ever took them out!

October 13, 2010  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sadly, this is the probably the best golf story that's been on this site in a while.

Right, literally thousands have been milling around on the streets all over the world chanting "Who is Cigar Man". Thank Eldrick we've found out!

October 13, 2010  11:37 AM ET

Horatio Sanz ?.....is that you?.......Yes Cigar Guy is the most interesting man in the world...he doesn't always smoke cigars...but when he does its always Cubanos.....stay smokey my friend !

October 13, 2010  04:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

LOL. I love those commercials, the radio versions are pretty clever. Actually, that doofus looks like he prefers Old Milwaukee Light.

I had that guy pegged for Schlitz.

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October 14, 2010  12:00 PM ET
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Great Groucho stash. Don't wanna know where that cigar has been though

I think he got it from Bill Clinton! Yecch!

October 14, 2010  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sadly, this is the probably the best golf story that's been on this site in a while.

Absolutely spot on, and 20 of the 31 posts were from reprobates flogging knock off Air Jordons from 3rd world countries. FN for golf is seriously dead, I rarely look at it anymore. RIP

October 14, 2010  03:32 PM ET

That MoFo looks like cheech marin...

 
October 14, 2010  07:04 PM ET

This guy looks almost as ridiculous as Jiminez, almost...

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