Meet the famous “Cigar Guy” immortalized by Mail on Sunday photographer Mark Pain at the Ryder Cup, when Tiger Woods attempted his third shot on the final hole against Europe’s Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher. Woods hit the ground behind the ball and duffed the shot straight at Pain, according to the Mail Online. The article suggests that the ball had hit the intrepid photographer only because Tiger’s effort, from rain-soaked rough, had been so badly struck.
Tiger’s misfortune is the photographer’s good luck – the picture became viral, for two reasons, one of which has nothing to do with quality, extraordinary skill, or the spectacular shot. Somewhere in the public, a guy smoking a cigar, caught the attention of the internet. The guy shows up in several images taken at the event, and the reason why he became instantly famous is his general appearance, that seems so out-of-place for a golf game. The shot has become a meme, and has been parodied across the web.
The weirdest sports photo in recent memory has become an Internet phenomenon thanks to a cigar-chomping man who resembles the genetic pairing of Groucho Marx and Jonny Quest’s adopted brother Hadji. Msnbc’s Wilson Rothman reported.
You’ll find the biggest Cigar Guy galleries on Tauntr and Dallas Observer, and you can expect even more galleries to pop-up by the end of the day.
Original Shot (look to your right)
[B]Spot the spectator: Mail photographer Mark Pain took this incredible photo of Tiger Woods misfiring a golf ball at the Ryder Cup in Wales at the weekend. The picture has quickly become famous for a different reason... say hello to 'cigar guy' on the right[/B]