PGA Tour pro Phil Mickelson has won a massive amount of money during his career on the tour, and he is now looking to invest it in a sports franchise. Mickelson confirmed his interest in joining a group looking to pursue obtaining ownership of the San Diego Padres.
A native of sunny San Diego, Phil has apparently turned down invitations to become involved in the ownership of other professional sports franchises. It appears as if this opportunity was too much for “Lefty” to pass up, however. He has confirmed, in an interview with a local San Diego newspaper, his interest to join the ownership group spearheaded by former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley. That group also consists of O’Malley’s sons, Kevin and Brian, along with their cousins Peter and Tom Selder. Speaking to the newspaper, Mickelson said: “This was a unique opportunity with families that had done this before and know how to do it right and want to get involved in the community.”
Long known for his charitable endeavors, Mickelson is a fan favorite on the PGA Tour and is well known for his work in and around San Diego. Speaking to Phil’s “likeability”, Kevin O’Malley has been quoted as saying: “When we met with Phil we were inspired by his commitment to San Diego and his passion for the Padres. He is a world-class person, athlete and businessman with a strong history of charitable leadership and he will be an ideal partner for many years in San Diego.”
The group Mickelson is joining is not guaranteed to win the rights to buy the Padres, as there is another group in direct competition with them that has their own San Diego connection. That particular group boasts former MLB star and San Diego Padre, Tony Gwynn. Mickelson has said that if his group wins control of the team, he would love to bring Gwynn aboard.
It’s clear that Mickelson has a plethora of available funds and will reportedly be investing “a lot” of his own money into the team, so he will be more involved than just having his name associated with the team. It certainly seems like a win-win situation for all involved, including the Padres and their fans, but it will be interesting to see how the situation plays out.