Everyone makes mistakes. But if you can afford dinosaur bones then I wouldn’t complain about taxes because chances are you will not get any sympathy. Phil Mickelson definitely made a bogey when he discussed his tax situation. Phil states that his tax rate is 63% and he is going to have to make some drastic changes. Most of us wish we had this problem. He did apologize for his comments and said it will never happen again. Below is an excerpt taken directly from a Phil Mickelson’s blog. Open mouth and insert foot! We still love ya Phil.
There’s the dinosaur head in Phil’s home office
Golf Digest: Not to get too personal, but what’s with the dinosaur head?
Phil Mickelson: That was my birthday present from [my wife] Amy last June. Of the dinosaurs that have been preserved, the No. 1 is Sue, a very famous one at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. A Tyrannosaurus Rex. Her head is, like, 5 feet long. The one Amy gave me is from Mongolia [paleontologists say it's possibly a Tarbosaurus bataar].
GD: Male or female?
PM: Female, not that I would know by inspecting it or anything. I’m just going by what I was told.
GD: What is yours named?
PM: Haven’t named it yet. But it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever gotten. My kids and I sometimes will just sit in my office and talk about what the world was like 68 million years ago. Amanda, our oldest daughter [born the day after the 1999 U.S. Open], wanted to be a paleontologist for a long time, even before we got the dinosaur head. Our kids are really into that stuff, like outer space.
GD: What is a dinosaur head worth?
PM: I don’t know. It was a birthday present. We’ve had four or five people bid on it, but it’s not for sale. Talk about giving something to the man who has everything. I was really surprised, just like I was when Amy gave me the meteorite. That’s from Argentina, a crash from the 1930s, I believe. I got that from Amy last Christmas. It weighs about 300 pounds and is the size of a basketball. I also have a small one that friends gave to me. It’s about the size of a softball. There are more meteorites around than dinosaurs.