Phil Mickelson apologizes for tax comments

January 22, 2013

Phil Mickelson found himself in the rough after tax comments. (Chris Carlson / AP)

Phil Mickelson has apologized for saying that he was considering “drastic changes” because of tax increases on the wealthy.

“Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public,” he said in a statement released by his spokesman, T.R. Reinman, to golf.com. “I apologize to those I have upset or insulted and assure you I intend to not let it happen again.”

Mickelson, who lives in San Diego area, had hinted at changes that left people wondering whether he might move to Florida or, perhaps, even consider semi-retirement at 42. He’d promised further details Wednesday, before the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Although he issued the statement today, it still figures to be a hot topic when he addresses the media. Here’s his full statement:

“I know I have my usual pre-tournament press conference scheduled this week but I felt I needed to address the comments I made following the Humana Challenge now.

“I absolutely love what I do. I love and appreciate the game of golf and the people who surround it. I’m as motivated as I’ve ever been to work on my game, to compete and to win championships.

“Right now, I’m like many Americans who are trying to understand the new tax laws. I’ve been learning a lot over the last few months and talking with people who are trying to help me make intelligent and informed decisions. I certainly don’t have a definitive plan at this time, but like everyone else I want to make decisions that are best for my future and my family.

“Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public. I apologize to those I have upset or insulted and assure you I intend to not let it happen again.”

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