Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
Mickelson threatens to leave over taxes
Pro golfer weighing move from California, possible retirement
San Diego pro golfer Phil Mickelson stated in La Quinta over the weekend that there will be "drastic changes" in his life. He may reveal some of them at the Farmers Insurance Open that begins Thursday at Torrey Pines. His statement was reported by the Associated Press, ESPN.com, and other media. Mickelson said, "If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate's 62, 63 percent. So I've got to make some decisions on what I am going to do." One thing his statement may do is encourage corporations and individuals to leave California. Already, San Diego's ResMed -- which gets a considerable amount of its revenue from government programs -- is considering departure because of high taxes and union influence. One thing Mickelson MUST do is explain how his tax rate can be 62% or 63%. Last year, Mickelson considered becoming a part owner of the Padres. Then he backed out. Yesterday he said that his decision to drop out "absolutely" had something to do with his alleged tax burden.