Phil Mickelson drops out of Padres ownership group
Phil Mickelson has pulled out of the new owership group of his hometown San Diego Padres.
"I think to be involved with the Padres you have to be fully committed to the long term," Mickelson said on Tuesday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I've been born and raised here, but at this moment I'm not able to make that kind of long-term commitment to the city and to the team."
Mickelson teamed up with an ownership group led by Peter O'Malley last May in a quest to buy the Padres, and the group finalized its purchase in August. Mickelson had said he was “really excited” about working with the ownership group as recently as mid-October, according to the newspaper. But, the story said, Mickelson notified the Padres group “within the last six weeks” that he wouldn’t be coming aboard after all.
Mickelson gave no explanation for what happened, said the paper, and didn’t elaborate on the reasons for his change of heart.