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Phil Mickelson apologizes for comments about California taxes 01.23.13 at 11:05 am ET
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Phil Mickelson said he regrets speaking publicly about his issues with California’s high taxes, but his reluctance to pay heavy taxes on the approximately $45 million he made last year is hardly a minority opinion in the golf world.

Mickelson said after his final round at the Humana Challenge on Sunday that he was in the income zone being “targeted both federally and by the state,” and that “changes” might be ahead for him, which most took to mean that he’d be moving away from his hometown of San Diego. On Monday, he apologized in a statement.

“Finances and taxes are a personal matter, and I should not have made my opinions on them public,” Mickelson said in the statement. “I apologize to those I have upset or insulted, and assure you I intend not to let it happen again.”

The new federal tax rate, plus California voting for Proposition 30 to increase taxes on the earnings over $250,000, contributed to total taxes that Mickelson said apply to more than 60 percent of his income.

Whether or not he moves, his displeasure for California taxes has already caused Mickelson to withdraw from the Padres’ new ownership group.

Many professional golfers live in Florida and Texas, which have no state income tax. Tiger Woods, who grew up in Southern California and went to Stanford, now lives in Florida.

“I moved out of [California] back in `96 for that reason,” Woods said Tuesday. “I enjoy Florida, but also I understand what he was — I think — trying to say. I think he’ll probably explain it better and in a little more detail.”

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Tiger Woods says he is feeling more at peace with himself 10.19.10 at 10:14 am ET
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Tiger Woods, in a video conference call for the Chevron World Challenge on Monday, said he never learned more in a year in which he won less, and that he is more at peace with his personal life now than when he returned to golf back in April.

“I learned a lot about myself, and I learned how things went wrong, why they went wrong, and had to take a pretty deep and introspective look at myself,” Woods said. “And there wasn’t a lot of things I like about it, but I had to do it, and I did it, and grateful that I did. I think that I come from a much better place, much more grounded place now than I ever have before.”

Still without a victory in 2010, the Chevron World Challenge, to be played Dec. 3-6 at Sherwood Country Club, will be Woods’ final tournament of the year. He next plays on Nov. 4 at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, which will be his last chance to win an official PGA Tour event this year. Woods will also have an opportunity to defend his title in the Australian Masters Nov. 11-14 in Melbourne.

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A Tiger is lurking… 02.10.09 at 12:44 pm ET
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“I’m full-bore with my practice sessions and have no restrictions.” A quote from not only golf’s greatest player, but perhaps the most successful athlete in sports history – Tiger Woods.  I bet Padraig Harrington, who won two non-Tiger majors, and the rest of the PGA field paid close attention to that statement.

Tiger has been spotted at Orlando Magic games from time to time, but has kept his public and press appearances to a minimum since he won the U.S. Open last summer at Torrey Pines (His 14th career major), after which he immediately had reconstructive surgery on his left knee, thus ending his 2008 golf season.

So why has the Tiger emerged from the jungle? Another Tiger cub has been born. He and his wife, Elin, recently gave birth to their second child  – Charlie Axel Woods.

A name that sounds more like a Major League movie character or perhaps a Top Gun pilot. It is said that Tiger has a great respect for Charlie Sifford, the first black to become a PGA Tour member, and Axel is a Swedish name that means “father of peace,” according to the Web site birthcare.com (his wife Elin is Swedish).

The world has known Tiger since he was two years old, when he made an appearance on national TV with Bob Hope,  and the public continued to watch in amazement as this phenom grew into a worldwide icon. Who doesn’t love Tiger Woods, besides some of the guys he consistently beats on the Tour.

No doubt that the golf industry as a whole suffered from Tiger’s absence, both financially and on a general fan interest level – The Tiger Effect.

Tiger himself was not immune to the recent economic woes that our country is currently facing, but having him back in action certainly can’t hurt the golf industry and the economy as a whole this year. But after all, Tiger is human, as evidence by some of his humorous commercials, so he will undoubtedly need some help in pulling our nation forward in these uncertain times.

What is for certain is that Tiger always lives up to the hype and expectations, which is amazing considering the bar that we all have set for him. And “we” includes his fans, the press, his peers on the tour, his family, his late father, his sponsors, and even his detractors.

As Vern Lundquist said – “In your life have you seen anything like that!” I guess the next question would be, will we ever see anything like this again? So sit back and continue to enjoy the career of one Tiger Woods.

In a world of falling stars, his still shines the brightest.

Bonus LEEINKS:

Tiger Woods 09 – Walk on Water

Tiger Woods makes a tackle

Tiger juggling

Tiger impersonating Charles Barkley’s Golf Swing

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