(Photo: phil.kpmg.com)

Phil Mickelson has taken swings at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox and recently became part owner of the San Diego Padres. But the 40-time PGA Tour winning southpaw is a huge gridiron fan as well and he’ll make his Monday Night Football debut tonight when he tries to hit a $1 million, 100-yard shot for charity.

At halftime of his hometown San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos game, Mickelson, with wedge in hand, will attempt to win $1 million in new books for needy children through the First Book non-profit organization.

Lefty will stand in one end zone and take aim at a target on the other end of the field. A bulls-eye in the “KPMG Chip4Charity” event will earn the $1 million jackpot, though Mickelson could also cadge $50,000 or $100,000 worth of books should he end up hooking or slicing his shot.

Mickelson and First Book teamed up in March with KPMG’s Family for Literacy to establish the “Blue for Books” program. KPMG, Mickelson’s cap sponsor, also donates all of its proceeds from sales of his official blue tour hat to First Book.

“My wife, Amy, and I, feel strongly that literacy and education are critical to the future success of today’s youth,” Mickelson said in a statement earlier this month. “I am extremely proud to be part of the Blue for Books campaign and it’s just great to know that for every blue hat I see out in the gallery each week, three new books are in the hands of kids who need them most.”

For more information about the Blue for Books program, visit PhilsBlueHat.com or follow @MickelsonHat on Twitter.


Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer