Mickelson dismayed by Chargers' LA switch
Phil Mickelson has expressed his disappointment at the Chargers' move from San Diego to Los Angeles - and wishes his home town had fought harder to keep the NFL franchise.
The Chargers will play in Los Angeles from the 2017 season, owner Dean Spanos confirming plans to relocate after the people of San Diego voted against raising taxes in order to raise funds for a new stadium.
Mickelson, who grew up in San Diego and made his return from injury at the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge on Thursday, was quoted by the Golf Channel as saying: "I just wish that all the people in San Diego loved them the way I do and fought a little harder to keep them, but I understand it.
'What's disappointing to me is that the city of San Diego didn't appreciate the value that they had. And it was obvious in their votes.
"So, I'm sad, but I don't blame them. I understand the way that the economics in the NFL works and the ticket sharing of 60/40 percent and how the suite money is where you make your money. I get it. And the suites at Qualcomm are the worst I've ever seen out of all the stadiums I've been to. So I totally understand where the Chargers are at.
''When the vote came in ... it was disappointing. Because if it were me, on the other end, I would feel very unwanted. It's no fun being at a place you're not wanted.''