October 8th, 2010 11:43 EST
Cigar Guy Upstages Tiger Woods! Ryder Cup Mystery, Who Is This Dude?
"The man dubbed `Cigar Guy` has become the Internet`s newest meme with his cigar chomping, Groucho Marx-style mustachioed face and outlandish appearance being Photoshopped into all sorts of images, some more louche than others.
The Cigar Guy viral craze began when Mark Pain, a photographer for Mail on Sunday, a United Kingdom-based publication, was taking a photograph of Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup tournament in Wales last Sunday. Woods was playing with partner Steve Stricker in the morning`s fourball stage and was facing a difficult chip shot on the final hole.
Woods duffed his chip straight at Pain and the photographer held his ground, capturing an extraordinary picture of the ball in midair just before it hit his camera lens. The image in itself is a great sports photograph, but it`s the Cigar Guy seen to the right behind Woods that has captured the attention of the Internet community."
Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers of all time, and the photograph in question deserves a Pulitzer prize, but Cigar Guy has managed to upstage Tiger and the photographer.
All of us would endure any hardship and suffer any indignity to earn our 15 minutes of fame. But Cigar Guy, without breaking a sweat, has worldwide fame thrust on him, simply by being at the right place at the right time.
When I first noticed Cigar Guy in the photograph, he appeared to be wearing an orange turban. But upon further review it turns out to be a silly orange wig. Why would anyone wear an orange wig and a fake mustache to the prestigious Ryder Cup? Fans of the sport claim that it`s an homage to the cigar-smoking Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez. But who the hell really knows, Cigar Guy may have been trying to top Eddie Long`s ridiculous Jheri Curl toupee.
Cigar Guy has accomplished one of the greatest feats in history: Managing to appear nonchalant while donning a silly wig and a fake mustache.
The whole world wants to know the identity of Cigar Guy. If the Ryder Cup had been held in America instead of Wales, everybody would know by now everything abut this character. Cigar Guy would have his own reality show, and he would be jumping on Oprah`s couch.
More than one media outlet is offering a reward to anyone who discovers the identity of Cigar Guy. Who is this guy?
Maybe Cigar Guy is not wearing a wig and a fake mustache, he could be an alien from a distant galaxy. Think about it, if he were a human being he would have already cashed in on his 15 minutes of fame.
For the moment Cigar Guy is the most famous person in cyberspace, until he`s eclipsed by Dogface Lady, or heaven only knows who else.
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