Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Kerr and McLean to Play the Ultimate Game

Remember that made for TV tournament founded by Steve Wynn called the Ultimate Game in which two person teams put up 50 grand each for a shot at over $2 million if they win? Well, players with status on the Euro, Asian, PGA, or Nationwide Tours are not eligible. Players on the LPGA Tour are, though. Her instructor, Jim McLean, has no status on any tour. Thus, they are almost certainly the early favorites, right? Here's more:

LPGA Tour player Cristie (cq) Kerr and widely regarded instructor, Jim McLean, have committed to play in The Ultimate Game, the $2.4 million exhibition that will be held in La Quinta in March.

Organizers announced that Kerr, the defending U.S. Women's Open champion, will team with McLean in the two-person, best ball 64-team bracket event that requires a $50,000 entry fee.

The tournament is not open to players who have exempt status on the PGA, Nationwide, European or Asian tours. But any female player can play, including those with fully exempt status on the LPGA Tour like Kerr, the world's fifth-ranked female.

"Since the beginning, we've left The Ultimate Game events open to all female players because we recognize the immense amount of talent in the women's game, and we wanted to present them the opportunity to compete against the men," said event co-owner Steve Bartkowski in a release.

Organizers also announced that the event will be televised by the Golf Channel. Fox had previously broadcast the tournament but a contract was not renewed.

The Ultimate Game is March 6-11 at the Stadium Course at PGA West.

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