Golfer Phil Mickelson has joined with one of the groups attempting to buy controlling interest in the San Diego Padres, reports U-T San Diegoâs Tim Sullivan.
Mickelson brings needed hometown star power to a group led by four grandchildren of former Dodgersâ owner Walter OâMalley.
âIâve had the opportunity to invest in other sports franchises, and Iâve turned it down in the past,â Mickelson told U-T San Diego on Monday morning. âThis 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.â
Last week, Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn endorsed a competing group led byÂ Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull. Mickelsonâs support and willingness to investÂ âa lotâ of his own money help to offset the star power brought by Gwynn.
âIf we were able to get control, (Gwynn) would be the first person weâd want to get involved,â Mickelson said. âHeâs such an icon with the team. Hopefully, it wonât be combative.â
Mickelson is the second-highest earning golfer in history, behind only Tiger Woods. He annually ranks near the top of lists of highest-earning athletes.