Phil Mickelson Apologizes for California Tax Comments

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Phil Mickelson made headlines this week, but not for draining any high-pressured birdie putts or choking away another Major.

Instead, on Sunday, the popular golfer stepped into the contentious world of politics, complaining to the press about Proposition 30, the state measure passed last year in California that raises the tax burden on wealthy individuals.

Along with federal taxes, Mickelson said he will now be paying nearly 63% of his income in taxes.

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“I’m not going to jump the gun, but there are going to be some (changes),” Mickelson said a few days ago, hinting at a move out of California. “There are going to be some drastic changes for me because I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state and... it doesn’t work for me right now.”

The comments were mostly met with derision, considering Sports Illustrated listed the golfer as the second-highest paid athlete in 2012, raking in $60 million between PGA tour winnings and endorsements.

The public wasn't thrilled to hear a multi-millionaire whine about his taxes, something Mickelson recognized yesterday in a statement to Fox News:

"Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public. 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."