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Lefty to buy Padres?

Four-time major champion Phil Mickelson is a heavyweight name when it comes to golf, but now he's looking to make a splash in another sporting discipline with an audacious bid to buy the San Diego Padres.

A San Diego native, Mickelson was a fan of the baseball team in his youth and has committed to putting "a lot" of his own cash into the deal.

And he'll need to. Current owner John  Moores previously had a deal for the team with Jeff Moorad that was worth around $500 million. Despite the sale collapsing, the price would be significant.

Mickleson has joined with a group hoping to match or better that sum, fronted by former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley.

"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 said.

Mickelson brings to the table over $66 million earned from his PGA Tour career, and a great deal more in sponsorships and endorsements.

"I feel it's a great financial opportunity, yes," Mickelson said of the Padres. "But what excites me is the financial opportunity and the opportunity to get the community more involved with the Padres.

" ... Growing up, the Padres were my team and still are. I always had a love for the team. But (recently) I just felt disassociated with the organization a little bit as a fan. I just know I didn't identify with the players or have an emotional connection. Where I want to get involved is I want to get a personal involvement with the players and the community -- personal interaction with fans, more community outreach. I want to create an emotional tie with the players and the community."

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