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Phil Mickelson joins group hoping to buy Padres

May 28, 2012, 8:23 PM EDT

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In an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune this morning, golfer Phil Mickelson confirmed that he has joined a group of investors hoping to buy the Padres.

Mickelson, who is from San Diego, has joined forces with four of the grandchildren of former Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley. He said he is willing to put “a lot” of his own money in a potential deal to buy controlling interest from John Moores, who said last month that he is putting the team up for sale.

“I’ve had the opportunity to invest in other sports franchises, and I’ve turned it down in the past,” Mickelson said Monday morning. “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.”

Mickelson is the second-leading money-winner in PGA Tour history with $66,279,655 in career earnings. It’s hard not to like the guy, but he’s currently pitted against Padres’ icon Tony Gwynn, who publicly endorsed Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull as a potential buyer last week. Mickelson said that he would like to get Gwynn involved if his group ultimately wins out. And really, would you expect him to say anything less?

The Associated Press reports that there are five groups in the mix for the Padres at the moment. No firm word on an expected sale price, but the Dodgers’ recent sale and the Padres’ TV deal should push it well above Moores’ initial $530 million investment from 2009.

  1. pisano - May 28, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    San Diego would be lucky to have Phil as an owner, a class guy who has a penchant for winning, unlike the present ownership.

  2. xmatt0926x - May 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Forget his career earnings just from playing. Add a gazillion dollars in endorsements for the top golfers. Mickelson has the scratch to be a big time player as a potential owner. He’s a great guy on top of that and the “get involved in the community” stuff is sincere from him.

  3. pellypell - May 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    This isn’t the lefty the Padres are looking for.

    • b7p19 - May 29, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      But it might be the one they need.

  4. billymc75 - May 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Wasn’t Troy Aikman an owner?

    • gloccamorra - May 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      He still is, part of Jeff Moorad’s minority ownership group. They’ve agreed to sell their 49% stake along with John Moores’ 51%, including the AAA franchise in Tucson the minority group owns separately. The last rumor was that Moores wants $815 million (including $215 million in assumed debt for a net of $600 million cash), and the minority group paid only $145 million plus a couple million for the Tucson franchise. Expect Aikman to come out of the sale with some serious profits.

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