Golfer Phil Mickelson regrets making comments on how federal and state taxes are affecting him. Mickelson said he could make "drastic changes," which included relocating from his native California, because changes in federal and state taxes have sapped more than 60 percent of his income. He said it "absolutely" was a reason he opted out of becoming part of the San Diego Padres' new ownership group. He hasn't changed his opinion, but doesn't wish to discuss 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." "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." Mickelson has earned just south of $70 million in PGA Tour earnings for his career, not including corporate endorsements or his thriving golf-course design company, which operates in China.
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