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Tiger Woods Dishes on What Made Him Leave O.C.

Golf superstar Tiger Woods explains his decision to move to Florida as his career began to take off in the 90s. Phil Mickelson ponders a similar move.

Tiger Woods, an Orange County native who played at Seal Beach's Navy Golf Course as a youth, told a crowd on Tuesday that he moved out of California to escape the state's high taxes.

Speaking Tuesday at the Torrey Pines Golf Club, Woods sympathized with colleague Phil Mickelson, who recently landed in hot water for his critique of the state's newly passed tax law. Woods told the crowd he moved out of California in 1996 because of high taxes.

“Well, I moved out of here back in ‘96 for that reason,” Woods said in response to a question from a reporter in advance of the Farmers Insurance Open. “I enjoy Florida, but also I understand what he was, I think, trying to say. I think he’ll probably explain it better and in a little more detail.”

Woods has bagged more than $100 million in prize money during his career, according to Forbes magazine.

On Wednesday, Mickelson plans to discuss the issue that landed him in hot water, following his pro-am round at Torrey Pines. The San Diego native apologized Monday, saying he regretted airing his opinion.

Mickelson, who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, said he might move out of California to avoid Proposition 30 state income tax increases on people earning more than $250,000 a year. Individuals earning $500,000 or more, or couples filing jointly and declaring income of more than $1 million, will pay 3 percent more than before.

Including federal taxes, Mickelson said “62, 63 percent” of his income was going to the government. He cited financial issues as part of the reason he did not join the Padres’ new ownership group.

The first round of the Farmers Insurance Open is set for Thursday, with Woods and Mickelson leading the field.

Do you think the tax rate is fair? Do you sympathize with people in higher tax brackets who are thinking of moving to greener pastures?

—City News Service

Carmelcat January 23, 2013 at 05:41 PM
The Tea Party wasn't about taxes, it was about representation.... something that gerrymandering likewise prevents.
JustUs January 23, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Yes, Marianne. Grown men who hit a ball with an iron pole into a hole in the ground and make multi millions doing it work so hard. And I feel so sorry for them. How dare these meanies insult them! Those men who went to college for 14 years to learn how to drill holes into people's skulls and remove tumors are the ones who are overpaid!! The should have their salaries reduced by half - while the pro-golfers who are showered with love and adoration should get huge salary increases and be allowed to wear the crown of Kings while engaging in their pro competitions overlooking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans!!! I'm with ya, Marianne G.!!!!
JustUs January 23, 2013 at 05:52 PM
"Tiger had a home in Newport Beach for years and in the last few years sold it." Do you know if he was Kobe's neighbor? They seem to have a lot in common. That's why I ask. " I'm guessing he had a meeting with his CPA and learned the extent of the CA, US, ObamaCare and CapGain tax increases and was caught off guard." I'm sorry. I give more credit to Phil and to his CPA than that. Even before Prop 30 and ObamaCare he was getting gouged, compared to people in the same income bracket who live in states with no income tax. You want me to believe that Phil had no idea how much he has been paying in CA taxes. And I simply refuse. My guess is that Phil and his family have very close family ties and friendships in CA and did not want to sever those by moving to another state and spending their time there. Plus, the kids would get uprooted and be forced to attend other schools. So I think Phil made a decision to stick by California for familial reasons. Now, I agree that with the new taxes that Phil had given full consideration to uproot his family and change their entire life surroundings and habits due to the higher tax gouging that his income will surely experience. If I were in Phil's shoes I would have moved from CA many years ago. But then, I like broccoli and he probably doesn't. Now, I follow incentives. Always have. And since I intend to stay in CA I am looking for some way to climb aboard the 'free cheese train'. I want some free stuff too!
Larry January 23, 2013 at 05:57 PM
I think California should raise the tax rate to 90% and drive out all business from the state and then we would have no jobs, no commerce and just a bunch of liberal idiots with nothing to do. Can you spell bankruptcy?
Marianne G January 23, 2013 at 06:03 PM
You sound pretty jealous! Society has put all athletes on a pedestal. Anyone who is tops in their field has worked hard and made sacrifices. I believe that anyone who has managed to put themselves in the top of their given field deserves to be there and reap the benefits. I never said doctors should make any less than a pro athlete, but then again if you go to pro sports events or watch them on TV, you're part of the problem!!
Marianne G January 23, 2013 at 06:13 PM
You're so right Larry! Unfortunately that's the track were on and it's only a matter of time!! So sad
JW from Newport Beach January 23, 2013 at 06:28 PM
If you live in California and make $1 million you pay: 50% to the federal government - $500,000 13% to the Calif state government - $130,000 Net income - $370,000 If you live in Florida and make $1 million you pay: 50% to the federal government - $500,000 0%% to the Calif state government - $0 Net income - $500,000 So if you live in Florida you net income (take home) is 26% greater than if you live in California! How many of you would like a 26% raise?
JW from Newport Beach January 23, 2013 at 06:42 PM
How does California spend that 13% tax? Liberal California politicians like to say that we are "compassionate, we care about those less fortunate". And of course caring can be a good thing. But things can get carried away (and they have): We are now into "3rd generation welfare families". There are recipients who have never worked a day in their lives. Their mothers never worked and received welfare. Their grandmothers too. Three generations, expanding exponentially. We only have to look to Britain and Europe to see where we are heading... Another example: I recently received a call from a long ago business associate. Had not heard from him for over two decades. He had developed a bad drug problem. Eventually became a heroin addict and moved out of state. Said he heard the benefits for drug addicts in Calif are much better than most states. It took 2.5 years for him to be legally classified a "disabled addict". As of Sept, 2012 he receives $1,986.00 per month. Plus free medical, legal, and other assistance. AND he received a check for over $40,000 to cover what they felt he was entitled to during the 2.5 years it took for him to get approved. He says there are 'counselors' and attorneys that teach him and others how "to game the system". That is part of why California had to raise the state income tax 30%!
Marianne G January 23, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I think the people who are complaining are afraid some of the entitlement money is leaving the state!! Who wouldn't want to keep as much money as they can from THEIR earnings!!! Last I checked this is still a democracy and not a socialist society - but we're getting close!
JustUs January 23, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Marianne, I don't know if you know this. But the US Governement is trying to tax wealthy citizens who have decided to leave the Country for life abroad and take all their assets with them. It's called an "exit tax" or some such nonsense. And, from what I understand, they make it impossible for those wealthy people to renounce their US citizenship - so that they are accountable to the IRS for the rest of their natural lives. heh. No joke. I foresee California eventually trying to do the same thing by manipulating and misinterpreting the intention of our State Constitution. When wealthy people LEAVE they will force them to hand over a certain percentage of their net worth. Don' t laugh, Marianne. They passed the Patriot Act. And they passed NDAA which confiscated some really important civil liberties related to due process. If they did those things it would be incredibly easy to impose an 'exit tax' on citizens trying to escape exploitation and forms of fascism.
JustUs January 23, 2013 at 07:14 PM
"How does California spend that 13% tax?" JW, California has 12% of the nation's population and 33% of the nation's welfare population. Why do you think that is, JW? Might it be because poor people go to the state that gives them the most free stuff for the least amount of effort? I have always followed inventives, JW. All my life. If I am incentivized to work I work my butt off. If I am incentivized to sit back and take it easy. I will do that as well. The incentive NOW in California is to live off the work of other people. How do you think that will work out, JW?
JW from Newport Beach January 23, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Below is on the Fox News website: California residents, businesses consider bailing on Golden State over taxes http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/23/california-residents-businesses-consider-bailing-on-golden-state-over-taxes/ Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/23/california-residents-businesses-consider-bailing-on-golden-state-over-taxes/#ixzz2IpSVeIYB
Paul w January 23, 2013 at 07:57 PM
DVC,pardon me but it is people like you who must have your head in the sand and in my opinion shouldn't vote. Our government does not spend money on the kinds of things that taxes were designed for and in fact spend and waste it, knowing that if they put a tax increase on the ballot, they'll certainly get voters like you to accept it. Our taxes are way too high for the services we are receiving. AND, I do not support giving our tax dollars for illegal aliens and pensions. I predict that you will eventually have a state that is supported by non-taxpaying citizens because you are so happy to chase the other ones out.
Lawrene Bottorf January 23, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Pretty soon? I would say we are here...and I will chose to THRIVE...not even thr government with all it's waste, or the masses ho don't know what they are voting for are going to keep me down!
CDC January 23, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Tiger did play right here at the Navy Base Golf Course in Cypress/Los Alamitos with his dad years ago when only military people could play there. I think his mom still lives in Cypress? He also played a lot in Long Beach and at the golf course by the racetrack until they took it out. Florida is a nice place and it does work out well for him since he takes his yacht to the Bahamas a lot since he is a avid diver. Not to many places to park 125 foot yachts in SOCAL.
Mickster January 24, 2013 at 12:12 AM
The California governor and state congress just don't realize that the new "tax the rich' and have them carry the burden to cover up the congessional and state3 government spending will backfire. The upper incomes which have been the majority of the tax base will be forced to leave and take what they have been paying to a state that is more fairer..
Mickster January 24, 2013 at 12:34 AM
What State Congress, the Governor, and State Government fails to understand that "taxing the rich" backfires when they lose the base that has been paying the majority by forcing an even greater burden on them.
Mickster January 24, 2013 at 12:34 AM
What State Congress, the Governor, and State Government fails to understand that "taxing the rich" backfires when they lose the base that has been paying the majority by forcing an even greater burden on them.
met00 January 24, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Carmelcat nails it! More people voted for Democrats in the House of Reps, but because of successful gerrymandering by the GOP run State Houses in 2010 the way the people voted doesn't really count. Add in the various attempts at reducing the vote, like voter ID laws that are designed to stop voter fraud, which doesn't exist, and you have one side that wants people to vote, and one side that doesn't. If you don't believe me, just look at what Virginia did this week. They waited until they had a one vote majority while one of the members was off at the inauguration and they voted a gerrymandered redistricting plan in to ensure that at the next election they would have a majority even if they got less total votes. One side wants the government to run and represent the people, one side doesn't want the people to be fairly represented and games the system. The latest gaming? Now that they have gerrymandered the districts they want to change the electoral college representation to one per district and two state wide rather than winner take all. This way winning the state isn't winning the oval office. Seems they can't win when every vote is counted, so they want to change the rules. Consider that the next time you vote. One side wants your vote to count, the other side only wants to win at any cost.
met00 January 24, 2013 at 01:05 AM
LMAO. Next you will claim that "they built it" without any help from the government. Their taxes build the roads that their products ship on. The food that they eat is safe because of regulations and inspectors. They travel through the air because the government manages the flights of planes. And it's safe because you have to get a pilots license. They have educated workers because the government educates them. They have safe products in their home because of regulations (like no lead in paint). All this brought to you by the evil government. A government that will put out the fire at their home. That will have people to protect and serve. A government that made sure that electricity was available and affordable. A government that made sure that there was competition so that the big boys couldn't put little guys out of business, and that keeps costs down for them, and everyone else. And for all of this we all pay taxes. The better you do, the more disposable income you have, the more you should pay. Why? Because you got there with a great deal of help, most from the government. I am starting a business. The government helped me by allowing me to protect my product with a patent so I would have a chance to develop it and bring it to market. When I hire a programmer, he was educated at schools paid for by my tax dollars. When I sell my product it will be across lines developed by the government (DARPA). I owe taxes so that the next guy will have the same chances as I.
Jim S January 24, 2013 at 02:27 AM
The Socialists always play the 'fairness' card until it comes to taxes. Few today know that income taxes were unconstitutional until the 16th amendment in 1913. Why? Until then, one citizen can't pay more than another, not percentage, but actual amount because everyone is equal and obviously one citizen cannot pay more than another for the same services! I guess not that equal. Everyone should pay at least some tax; 47% have no incentive to control government spending so we are on the road to ruin.
Frieda Wales January 24, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Do we care? How many people did he hire in CA? Now in FLA? Let him stay in FLA if it means that much to him.
Mostwatchedgirl January 24, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Uhm pacific coast mama and the rest of u low information voters on this thread...the amount of people Phil hired can be seen at the golf courses across the state that host tournaments that he plays in, which raises millions of dollars for the city, employees hundreds of people to work and run the tournament; and, since he pays state taxes, the millions of unionized state employees are being bankrolled by his millions of tax dollars. Obviously ur myopia makes you a typical liberal or is it progressive? Either or, ur philosophy of Keynesian economics has been a proven failure time and time again. But who cares, as long as u can chastise a talented "wealthy" person you will remain vigilant and satisfied, because facts and results or ROI do not matter to a liberal, just feelings. No wonder why we are bankrupt and collect over 30% of the federal welfare money. Obviously liberal policies have not created wealth, they just redistribute it.
met00 January 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM
47% Oh, the "takers". - Gotchya. Do you, like Ryan, include all those who have worked and paid into Social Security and are now collecting? How about those that worked and paid into Medicare? And since when did Dwight D Eisenhower become a socialist? You know, the guy who was President when top tax rates were over 90%. The guy who used that income to build the Interstate Highway System. One that created millions of working class jobs and made even more people taxpayers. A guy who "took from the rich" and created jobs for the poor. A regular Socialist Robin Hood. There was once a time when a good part of the GOP was called Progressive Republicans, but that was before the days of the "Me generation" where it's all about me and mine, and survival of the fittest. Greed isn't good. It sort of sucks. It lifts one boat, but leaves all the others in worse shape.
met00 January 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM
".the amount of people Phil hired can be seen at the golf courses across the state that host tournaments that he plays in" <sarcasm> Yep, if he wasn't there then no one would host the tourney and all those people would be unemployed and the... OH NO! You mean they would host the Tourney's even if he didn't show up? Lordy, Lordy! </sarcasm>
Frieda Wales January 24, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Sorry, just a typical Californian who says if you don't love it, please feel free to leave. I'm staying.
Shawna January 25, 2013 at 09:09 AM
And PCM, how do you pay your bills? Or, is my husband, who works nearly 12 hours a day, and loses nearly half of his income to taxes paying for you to be a Pacific Coast Mama? Because if he is not paying for you I can guarantee he is paying for a few of your neighbors. Just curious where all the love it or leave it mentallity comes from.
Frieda Wales January 25, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Good morning Shawna, we pay our bills like most others, with earned income that is taxed. However, we realize that there are great benefits to having good roads, great police & fire departments, good schools, libraries... and be in beautiful southern CA. My husband and I were both raised here and we really wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We believe in good social programs that can help uplift others as well. There is a lot of opportunity in CA. Those that prefer living somewhere else should really explore it. There are enough true CA supporters to keep the state going. Hope this helps.
Frieda Wales January 25, 2013 at 02:55 PM
P.S. it appears that my neighbors are employed as far as I can tell by their busy schedules.
Mostwatchedgirl January 26, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Blinded by tax payer pensions. Gar. An. Teed.

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