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Philip Alfred Mickelson

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Pro golfer Phil Mickelson became a minority owner of the San Diego Padres in 2012. He was one of the most successful golfers of the 2000s, winning four major championships among his 40+ tournament wins and being ranked second in the world behind Tiger Woods for many years. He also won three NCAA championships while attending Arizona State University on a golf scholarship and is the last amateur to win a Professional Golfers Association Tour event, having won the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, AZ in 1991 at age 20. He joined the PGA in 1992, where he was immediately successful. However, it took him many years to win one of professional golf's four major events, finally achieving this goal with a win at the 2004 Masters tournament.

Due to his success, Mickelson is estimated (as of 2012) to have won the third-most money in the history of professional golfing, but he earned far more from endorsements, bonuses and appearance fees. In 2011, he was estimated to be the second highest-paid athlete in the United States, behind Woods, with estimated earnings of $63 million that year.

In 2012, Mickelson's name surfaced for the first time in connection to baseball, as he was one of the minority partners in the ownership group that offered to purchase his hometown Padres from John Moores. The sale was approved by Major League Baseball on August 16th, for a total of $800 million, with Ron Fowler being the principal owner, and Peter O'Malley also part of the ownership group.

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