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Phil Mickelson stands by apology about tax opinions

Phil Mickelson said Wednesday he stands by his decision to apologize about publicly voicing his opinion on taxes. 

The four-time Major champion golfer had suggested "drastic changes" were in store for him -- perhaps moving from his native California -- because of changes in federal and state taxes that he says tap into more than 60 percent of his income. He said it "absolutely" was a factor in deciding against becoming part of the San Diego Padres' new ownership group.  

He then apologized in a written statement Tuesday for voicing his concerns.

"My apology is for talking about it publicly," Mickelson told reporters Wednesday at Torrey Pines in San Diego. "I shouldn’t take advantage of the forum I have as a professional golfer to try and ignite change.   I shouldn’t have used this platform as a way to say what I had to say."

The golfer added that it was "insensitive" to those who cannot find a job and are struggling paycheck to paycheck.  

"I’m going to handle the situation privately and then announce publicly what we’re going to do," he said.  "I love this state, I grew up here and I’m certainly concerned." 

Mickelson said he "loves the opportunities" the U.S. has afforded him and has never had a problem with paying his fair share. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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