LAS VEGAS, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ultimate Game at Wynn Las Vegas
will be televised nationally on FOX Sports in 2007. It was announced
jointly by Wynn Las Vegas Chairman & CEO Steve Wynn, FOX Sports President
Ed Goren, Ultimate Game co-owners Steve Bartkowski and Jim Thomas and
Ultimate Game executive producer Terry Jastrow.
The final two rounds of the tournament featuring the richest first
place prize in golf history of $2 million will be played at Wynn Las Vegas
Golf Course designed by Tom Fazio, June 7-8, 2007.
The Ultimate Game at Wynn Las Vegas is the first golf tournament
produced by FOX and will be seen on the network over four hours on
Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.
Co-owners Bartkowski and Thomas also announced the preliminary rounds
of The Ultimate Game will be played May 29-June 1 at the Lake Las Vegas
Resort -Reflection Bay Golf Club and The Falls Golf Club -- designed by
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf respectively.
"The Ultimate Game at Wynn Las Vegas is the first golf event we have
ever hosted," said Chairman & CEO Steve Wynn. "It provides the ultimate
challenge because players will play for the largest winner's purse in
golf...a purse they themselves have put up. Right event. Right host venue.
Right town. Right network partner. We're pleased and excited to be
"We feel this is another great and unique opportunity for FOX Sports,"
said FOX Sports President Ed Goren. "Watching these competitors with their
own money at stake on a spectacular golf course should make this quite an
event for television."
"Steve Bartkowski and Jim Thomas could not ask for better partners than
Wynn Las Vegas and FOX in launching this original and compelling new
event," said Executive Producer Terry Jastrow.
The winner will receive $2 million, which tops all the other major golf
events played during the year -- The Players Championship ($1.44MM), The
British Open ($1.215MM), The Tour Championship ($1.170MM), The PGA
Championship ($1.170MM), The U.S. Open ($1.125MM), The Masters ($1.080MM).
The players will compete for their own entry fees, adding an unprecedented
level of risk, pressure and drama.
The Ultimate Game is open to any male or female golfer who has never
been a fully-exempt member of the PGA TOUR, PGA European Tour, Champions
Tour, or Nationwide Tour. The entry fee is $50,000 per contestant.
The second collaboration of Tom Fazio, Steve Wynn and Mother Nature has
resulted in 18 unforgettable holes at the Wynn Las Vegas. The par-70 course
is 7,042 yards and located on property on the Las Vegas Strip. More than
800,000 cubic yards of earth were moved to create the dramatic elevation
changes considered impossible on the Las Vegas Strip. The course has been
featured on VH1's Fabulous Life, Fine Living Network and the Today Show and
this will be the first network-televised tournament.
One of the finest television producers and directors of sports, Terry
Jastrow, has joined the Ultimate Game at Wynn Las Vegas team. Jastrow, who
was instrumental in bringing the event to Wynn Las Vegas, will executive
produce the 2007 event on FOX Sports. A winner of seven Emmy Awards,
Jastrow has been the executive producer, producer and/or director of some
of television's most prestigious and important programs during the last 25
years, including 68 of golf's major championships.
For more information on the Ultimate Game at Wynn Las Vegas, visit the
web site at www.theultimategame.com or call 1-888-WYNN-BIG (888-996-6244).
About Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Resorts is traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker
symbol WYNN and, since December 2004, it has been part of the NASDAQ-100
Index. Wynn Las Vegas, the luxury hotel and destination casino resort
located on the Las Vegas Strip, opened to the public on April 28, 2005.
Wynn Las Vegas features 2,716 luxurious guest rooms and suites; an 111,000
square foot casino; 22 food and beverage outlets; an on-site 18-hole golf
course; approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space; an on-site
Ferrari and Maserati dealership; and approximately 76,000 square feet of
retail space. For more information, visit www.wynnlasvegas.com .
About Reflection Bay Golf Club
Reflection Bay Golf Club is the first public resort golf course in
Nevada personally designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the host course to the
nationally televised Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge benefiting the Dave
Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The 7,261-yard, par-72 award-winning course
makes its way through the desert while providing breathtaking views of Lake
Las Vegas. Sculpted from the terrain's natural contours with strategic
bunkering and pristine greens, the course features three waterfalls and
plays around arroyos and water. Five holes are located along 1-1/2 miles of
Lake Las Vegas' majestic shoreline. Reflection Bay highlights include the
picturesque 199-yard, par-3 eighth hole and beaches, bunkers and palms that
create a dynamic shoreline and backdrop. To learn more about the golf
course, logon to www.lakelasvegas.com/golf_reflection
About The Falls Golf Club
The newest course at Lake Las Vegas Resort is The Falls Golf Club, a
masterpiece designed by Tom Weiskopf. The 7,250-yard, par-72 course
challenges golfers with terrain that varies from the mountainous landscape
to the desert floor, creating elevation changes ranging from subtle on the
front nine to dramatic on the back nine. Resort guests are astounded by the
course's breathtaking scenery including spectacular views of Lake Las
Vegas, the surrounding mountains and the Las Vegas Strip in a unique,
dramatic, and natural setting. To learn more about the golf course, logon
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