Phil Mickelson, a San Diego native and sports fanatic, said Tuesday that he has withdrawn his interest in the San Diego Padres ownership group, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
"I think to be involved with the Padres you have to be fully committed to the long term," Mickelson said. "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."The ownership group, led by former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, purchased the Padres in August for approximately $800 million. At the time, O'Malley's nephew Peter Seidler said there was one spot left in the ownership group and it was being held for Mickelson, according to the Associated Press. RELATED PHOTOS: Mickelson’s Career in Pictures
Mickelson said he notified the Padres group “within the last six weeks” that he would not be joining them. As recently as Oct. 15, Mickelson said he was “really excited” about working with the ownership group that includes members of the O'Malley family and local businessman Ron Fowler.
Photo: Phil Mickelson works out with the Toledo Mud Hens, the Detroit Tiger's Triple-A affiliate, on Aug. 29, 2003 (Associated Press photo).