If you ever wanted more proof that being one of the world's top golfers is highly profitable, here's some. Phil Mickelson has joined a group that is gunning to buy the San Diego Padres.
To the casual sports fan, that might seem crazy. The top players on the PGA tour earn anywhere from three to six million on tour. But that's only winnings. Phil, like many others on tour, is also a businessman who has many high paying endorsements. Forbes estimates that Lefty has earned no less than $40 million every year since 2006, and in 2004 and 2005, Phil brought in $20 million and $26.8 million, respectively.
Phil was born in San Diego and grew up there before moving to Arizona. He was quoted by The San Diego Tribune as saying he'll be giving a lot of his own money towards the purchase of the team, if the group wins the bid.
I like this move by Phil. Local kid coming in to help his hometown team is always a great story.