World's Fastest Painter helps kick off new PGA TOUR event

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March 29, 2010
PGATOUR.COM staff

SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- The PGA TOUR's newest event, the McGladrey Classic, is still more than six months away, but the tournament certainly isn't taking the leisurely approach as it prepares for its debut as part of the Fall Series.

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When officials unveiled the tournament logo Monday at the Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, the presentation involved the "World's Fastest Painter" replicating the logo with a piece of art.

Eight minutes after Rock Demarco's first brushstroke from his Freddy Krueger-like paintglove, his latest creation was finished and will eventually be auctioned off for charity in this event hosted by the Davis Love Foundation.

The tournament takes place Oct. 4-10 at the Seaside course at Sea Island. (For more information about Monday's kickoff event, click here.)

In addition to his eight-minute painting in front of the attendees, Demarco also crafted some other paintings for charity, including portraits of Davis Love III and Zach Johnson. Both players -- Love via phone, Johnson in person -- helped kick off the event.

"This is the first time I've worked with McGladrey," Demarco said. "I look forward to doing more things with them."

Whatever Demarco does, you can expect it to be done fast.

A year ago, he appeared on "Good Morning America," producing a painting of host Diane Sawyer in five minutes. He was also asked to audition for the show "America's Got Talent," creating a portrait of Albert Einstein in 90 seconds. Much of his work is auctioned off for charity, like the portrait of Arnold Palmer that hangs in the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Fla.

"I've always been involved in art work ever since I was a little kid painting on walls with crayons," Demarco said. "I had to do it fast because my mom would be around the corner chasing me.

"I kind of fell into doing this painting show about seven years ago and I've met a lot of great people. It's a blast."

Demarco tries to create an air of mystery by painting "out of order" while he's creating his work. He said he often feeds off the energy of the crowd. "People get into it," he said.

But just other performance artists, the final product does not just happen by accident. The key is in the preparation. That, more than anything else, is the key to speed-painting.

"Rehearsal is a big part of what I do, just as much as an actor in a movie or a dancer preparing for a dance routine," he said.

If you get a chance to watch Demarco in action, though, you might want to remember this -- since his goal is to create a piece of art in a matter of minutes, he doesn't have much time to watch where the paint flies. So if you sit too close, don't be surprised if you take home a little bit of Demarco's work on your clothes.

To learn more about Rock Demarco, click here to visit his Web site.

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