Another San Diego sports icon has jumped into the mix to buy his hometown baseball team. This time golfer Phil Mickelson is the man lending his name to a group attempting to buy the San Diego Padres.
Mickelson has attached himself to the group led by former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, which is one of five known parties interested in buying the Padres. Another local legend, baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn recently joined a group led by Thomas Tull, a movie producer.
Gwynn and Mickelson have put local faces on two of the groups vying for control of San Diego’s baseball franchise, but the difference is that the man known as “Lefty” has claimed he will put his own money into the team.
During his career, Mickelson has earned more than $66 million in PGA Tour prize money and from endorsements. He claims he believes it’s a great investment opportunity but the chance to be involved with the Padres is what makes it special.
Mickelson is a four-time major champion who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year.
The 41-year-old says he approached three years ago about being involved in an ownership bid, but he didn’t think it was a good fit. Now he believes he has found the right fit and wants to own a piece of the team he rooted for growing up.