- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Following a controversial admission by golfer Phil Mickelson, who suggested Sunday he might flee the West Coast because of rising taxes, fellow golfer Tiger Woods, who’s worth an estimated $600 million, stated Tuesday that he did the same.

Speaking at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif., the golfer told the press about his decision to move to Florida in 1996.

“I moved out of here back in ‘96 for that reason,” said Woods, speaking about California taxes. “I enjoy Florida, but also I understand what he was, I think, trying to say.”

Mickelson released a statement Monday expressing regret for making public remarks about his taxes, which were a “personal matter.”

“I’m not going to jump the gun and do it right away,” he said about moving from California. “But I will be making some drastic changes.’

Californians voted in November to approve the first statewide tax increase since 2004.

“My tax rate’s 62, 63 percent,” Mickelson said. “So I’ve got to make some decisions on what I’m going to do.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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