Truth & Rumors: Phil Mickelson's bid to buy Padres accepted
Phil Mickelson's weekend wasn't terrible. He relaxed some, got invited to Scotland, and bought a stake in the Major League Baseball franchise he grew up rooting for. Not so bad.
Mickelson's group of investors -- fronted by former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley -- received news of its winning bid Saturday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The deal — valued at $800 million, including $200 million for a portion of the team’s equity stake in FOX Sports San Diego — is pending approval by baseball and completion of contractual terms within the next two weeks, the source said.No word on how much of that is coming out of Lefty's pocket. Surely it's a small price to pay for a team that has made the playoffs five times in its 43 year history. But buying your childhood ball club? Probably a better way to spend the weekend than getting caught in a West Virginia heat wave. Westwood hurt at French Open?A bad step was to blame for Lee Westwood's rough third round at the French Open on Saturday. According to The Guardian, the World No. 3 slipped while walking to the first tee, "tweaking his knee and straining his groin":
If all goes according to plan, the group will receive approval at the owners’ meetings in August and close the deal simultaneously, according to the source.
It looked serious as he double-bogeyed the opening hole and bogeyed the next five but with the pain easing he managed to play the remaining 12 holes in two under. That still meant a five-over-par 76 – his worst score in Europe for more than three years – and he still had some concern when he spoke afterwards. "I was talking to Richard Sterne's caddie and not looking where I was going," Westwood told Sky Sports. "I slipped on wooden sleepers down the side of the cart path. My left foot went forward about two feet and my right foot stayed where it was.Westwood did manage to shoot 70 on Sunday, so maybe it wasn't as bad as it looked. But the Englishman is no stranger to the ill-timed injury. He missed the 2010 PGA after rupturing a muscle in his calf. And knees seem to be in danger all across the Westwood camp: He's already without his regular caddy, Billy Foster, who hurt his knee while playing pickup soccer earlier this year. Biggest Loser: GreenbrierLegendary TrimSpa (and Hooters) spokesman John Daly announced his plan to team up with Tiger Woods to urge Greenbrier owner Jim Justice to drop some pounds, according to the Golf Channel's Jason Sobel. At 6'7", Justice is indeed a humongous man. He's also very friendly with many players, who worry about his weight. As Sobel reports:
“I told him I’d give him $100 for every pound he loses, to any charity he wants,” Daly said after posting a final-round 65 at Justice’s own Greenbrier Classic. “Tiger said he’d do it, too. Because we care about him. He’s a big guy. If we could get him to lose some weight and add about 30-40 years to his life, he’ll be happy. It’s time somebody did something for him after him always doing something for everybody else.”Maybe Daly will suggest the innovative "cigarettes-popcorn-whiskey diet" Long John used to shed 65 pounds in college. (He was hospitalized twice in the process.) TrimSpa, Baby! Tweet of the Day:
Daly added that he revealed the plan to Justice when they saw each other on the first tee Sunday morning.
“He’s just got the biggest heart of any man I’ve ever known,” Daly said. “I just want him to know that we all care about him. We want to add years to his life. The guy is 6-7. Every year I talk to him, his back is hurting him, and his knees are hurting him. I can get to my doctor and help him lose a ton of weight. He’ll feel better. We just want to help him.”