San Diego Padres Breaking News: Phil Mickelson Is out as Part Owner of the Team

Gary OusdahlCorrespondent IIDecember 19, 2012

Phil Mickelson will not be a part of the San Diego Padres ownership group.
Phil Mickelson will not be a part of the San Diego Padres ownership group.Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The Associated Press recently announced that golfer Phil Mickelson will be out as a potential partial-owner of the San Diego Padres.  

According to his spokesman, T.R. Reinman, Mickelson will no longer be involved with the ownership group that purchased the San Diego Padres in August.

Mickelson recently voiced his decision to friends at a Tuesday night meeting at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

According to the golfer, the O'Malley and Seidler families, which purchased the team with local San Diego businessman Ron Fowler, are committed to the success of the team and the city's needs. Mickelson's representation also stated that the golfer doesn't currently feel that he can match the level of commitment the current ownership group have invested towards the future of the team.

Though the Padres public relations office have already confirmed Mickelson's departure, owners Peter Seidler and Kevin O'Malley, have not currently spoken publicly about his decision to leave. 

As a Padres fan, I have to admit that it's a bit disappointed knowing that Phil won't be a part of the team's future, but I'm hopeful with the reassurance that the current ownership group will do whatever it takes to make the Padres a contender once again in the National League West.

Only time will tell.