San Diego, CA - Citing one of his worst moments on the golf course, Phil Mickelson again apologized Wednesday on the eve of the Farmers Insurance Open for one of his worst moments behind a microphone.
"I've made some dumb, dumb mistakes, and obviously talking about this stuff was one of them," Mickelson said about comments concerning new federal and California state tax increases he made Sunday following the final round of the Humana Challenge. He released a statement Monday night where he apologized for talking about his financial situation that he said forced him out of being part of the San Diego Padres' new ownership group and may compel him to move out of California.
At Torrey Pines, where he has won the Farmers three times, Mickelson compared the tax comments to his disastrous final hole of the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, where a wayward drive bounced off a corporate tent, his second shot was knocked down by a tree and his eventual double-bogey 6 cost him the national championship.
The tee shot then was way left, this time he was "way right," Mickelson said.
"Like Winged Foot, where I tried to carve a 3-iron around a tree and get it up by the green, and 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," said Mickelson, who said Sunday he was being taxed at a "62, 63 percent" rate. "I made a big mistake talking about this stuff publicly, and I shouldn't have done that. ... I think that it was insensitive to talk about it publicly to those people who are not able to find a job, that are struggling paycheck to paycheck."
Mickelson, who finished in a tie for 37th in his season debut at the Humana, but shot 17-under par his final three rounds, said his latest gaffe won't be an on-going distraction.
"I've said some stupid things in the past that have caused a media uproar before. It's part of my life, and I'll deal with it," he said. "One of the things I pride myself on is whatever it is I'm dealing with in my personal life, once I get inside the ropes, I need to be able to focus on the shot at hand and be able to focus on shooting a low score."