The World Meets... Cigar Guy?
It was already among the most remarkable sports photos of the year even before giving a closer look to the background. But after a few seconds examining Mark Pain's indelible shot of Tiger Woods hitting a ball directly into his lens at the Ryder Cup, you're attention is grabbed: cigar out of the corner of his mouth, Groucho Marx mustache, an odd brown wig atop his head. Within days, "Cigar Guy" was everywhere: Photoshopped behind President Obama at the State of the Union address, as a member of "The A Team," playing in the World Cup. Only later did we learn the look was not real, but the creative invention of a London-based investment analyst named Rupesh Shingadia. Shingadia would go on to do a few media appearances
, before eventually receding back into his every day life. But the character he created is destined to live on forever.Mark Pain/The Mail