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Mickelson says he was insensitive

 
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SAN DIEGO (AP)

Phil Mickelson is relying on some self-deprecating humor and his worst moment in golf to stop the chatter about his taxes.

TAXING ISSUE

After talking taxes, Phil Mickelson apologizes and says he should have kept thoughts private.

Mickelson caused a sensation earlier this week by saying new federal and state tax rates kept him from being part of the San Diego Padres' new ownership group and might force him to move away from his native California.

He has referred to the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, when he hit a drive way left that led to double bogey and cost him a major title. He says this time he was ''way right,'' referring to his position on taxes, and that he should not have spoken publicly about his financial views.

Mickelson says it was insensitive to those who are struggling to find a job.

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