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 involved." "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 to www.lakelasvegas.com/golf_falls ABOUT FOX SPORTS Already on its way to an 11th straight year as America's top-rated network for sports, FOX Sports boasts rights agreements with each of the nation's highest-rated sports. FOX Sports is the exclusive national over-the-air television rights holder of the Cotton Bowl; Major League Baseball, including the All-Star Game, alternating League Championship Series and World Series (2007-2013); the National Football League's NFC package, including the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowls XLII and XLV (2006-2011); and NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup racing from February through May, including the Daytona 500 (2007-2014). In January 2007, FOX Sports also begins exclusive coverage of Bowl Championship Series, featuring the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl and Allstate Sugar Bowl from 2007 through 2010, and the new BCS National Championship Game from 2007 through 2009. Since its inception in 1994, FOX Sports has earned 68 Emmy Awards for production excellence. David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports.
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