Champion Golfer Phil Mickelson Says Sorry For The Comments
Mickelson set of a firestorm of controversy when he said he may have to move out of California because of recent hikes in federal and state taxes on the wealthy.
When asked about it at the Farmers Insurance Open in California, he compared his remarks to a bad call he made at the 2006 U-S Open."I've made some dumb, dumb mistakes. And obviously, talking about this stuff was one of them. And like Wingfoot, where I tried to carve a 3-iron around a tree and get it up by the green, I make double bogey and lose the U.S. Open. I think I'm going to learn my lesson and take a wedge and get it back in play. I made a big mistake talking about this stuff publicly, and I shouldn't have done that." "My apology is for talking about it publicly. Because I shouldn't take advantage of the forum that I have as a professional golfer to try to ignite change over these issues."
Mickelson had said his tax rate is over 60-percent in the state.
But according to the Tax Foundation and California tax experts, it's closer to 51 percent.
California recently became the state with the highest top marginal tax rate thanks to voters passing in November a temporary tax hike on wealthy residents.