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Phil Mickelson changes stance on his ‘60 percent’ taxes

Phil Mickelshits from fairway fifth hole during first round HumanChallenge golf tournament LQuintCountry Club LQuintCalif. Thursday Jan. 17 2013. (AP

Phil Mickelson hits from a fairway on the fifth hole during the first round of the Humana Challenge golf tournament at the La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Updated: January 22, 2013 10:28AM



SAN DIEGO — Phil Mickelson says he should have kept his opinions on taxes to himself.

Mickelson had suggested “drastic changes” were in store for him because of changes in federal and state taxes that he says tap into more than 60 percent of his income. He said it was the reason behind his decision not to be part of the new ownership group of the San Diego Padres.

Mickelson says in a statement that finances and taxes are personal and he should not have publicized his complaints. He’s apologizing to anyone insulted by his comments and says he won’t let that happen again.

The San Diego native is to hold a news conference Wednesday at Torrey Pines.



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