Tiger Woods understands Phil Mickelson’s position on taxes

Tiger Woods seems happy to start the 2013 season at Torrey Pines. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Tiger Woods seems happy to start the 2013 season at Torrey Pines. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

Tiger Woods wasn’t about to say anything controversial about Phil Mickelson or anything else today.

After a golf gaffe prematurely ended play for him in Abu Dhabi last week, he will kick off the 2013 season Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. During a press conference today, Woods, who grew up in California was asked about Mickelson promising “drastic changes” because of the changing federal and California tax codes. Mickelson has apologized for his statements.

“I moved out of here back in, what ’96, for that reason,” Woods said, deftly sidestepping the political aspects of Mickelson’s comments. “I enjoy florida, but I understand what he was, I think, trying to say. I think he’ll explain it better in a little more detail.”

Woods, who was born in California, lived in Orange County until he moved to Florida in 1996. Florida has no state income tax.

On a lighter note, Woods was asked by ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez about the Super Bowl, given that a team from the Bay Area, where he went to college, is playing in Super Bowl XLVII.

“I’m from the East Bay, so, you know John did help Stanford quite a bit, — Jim, sorry — but I want [the Baltimore Ravens’] Ray [Lewis] to win. Obviously this is his last ride as he’s said,” Woods said. “To do what he did, come back from a torn triceps, I’ve had my share of injuries, but I’ve never had to actually run and do all the different things he has to do and play through that pain. So I am conflicted [about whether to take the Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers]. I’ll wait to see the odds.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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