Mickelson: 'Insensitive' to talk about taxes publicly

Phil Mickelson reacts to questions during his media interview after his pro-am round for the Farmers Insurance Open.

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SAN DIEGO – Give Phil Mickelson credit for his creativity. He obviously put some thought into his first public comments since he caused a small uproar over taxes.

Mickelson called the response to his comments “interesting,” then compared the the airing of those grievances to the mess he made on the 72nd hole of the 2006 U.S. Open. “I hit a drive way left off the tents,” he said. “This happened to be way right, but way off the tents. You know, I’ve made some dumb, dumb mistakes, and, obviously, talking about this stuff was one of them.”

Mickelson apologized for the comments in a statement Monday.

“I think that it was insensitive to talk about it publicly to those people who are not able to find a job, (who) are struggling paycheck to paycheck,” he said. “I think that was insensitive to discuss in that forum.”

He declined to speak further during Wednesday’s press conference about the “drastic changes” he may make because of increased state and federal taxes, saying he would speak further only when a final decision had been made. There is speculation that a move out of his native California would be one of those changes.

“We have talked and will continue to talk to the best tax advisors,” he said. “I love this state. I grew up here. I love it here, and I’m certainly concerned for it.”

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