Cigar Guy revealed: 30-year-old investment analyst who lives with parents
Cigar Guy, international man of mystery in a photograph of Tiger Woods hitting a golf ball at last week's Ryder Cup, is no more.
His identity has been revealed: He's 30-year-old Rupesh Shingadia, an investment analyst who lives with his parents in London. And he craved none of the attention he is receiving. Really.
"I am embarrassed and overwhelmed," he said. "Never in a million years could I have expected anything like this. It is truly surreal."
His false (no!) mustache and outfit were, he says, a tribute to pigtailed 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."
If he could have a do-over, he says he would have skipped the outfit. (Boo...and boohoo.)
"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."
It was fun while it lasted.
| October 10, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
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