Phil Mickelson says he should have kept his opinions on taxes to himself.
Mickelson had suggested "drastic changes" were in store for him - perhaps moving from his native California - because of changes in federal and state taxes that he says tap into more than 60 percent of his income. He said it "absolutely" was a factor in deciding against becoming part of the San Diego Padres' new ownership group.
The four-time major champion didn't back away from his outlook, only his decision to talk about it.
"Finances and taxes are a personal matter, and I should not have made my opinions on them public," Mickelson said in a statement released late Monday night. "I apologize to those I have upset or insulted, and assure you I intend to not let it happen again."If the governments took 100% would that still be a private matter?