So, I was browsing Forbes and found this article by one of their contributors, dogging Phil Mickelson pretty hard for hinting at an early retirement because of the tax hikes he is now facing.
Now, although my earnings aren’t anywhere near what his are, I can understand where he is coming from. Now, the writer makes light of “swinging a metal stick up to 70 times a day” and “briskly walking as many as five miles per day, four days a week.” for the estimated 48 million dollars of earnings that Phil has every year, but with claiming a combined tax rate of around 60%, can you blame him for thinking about retirement? I shoot because it’s what I love to do, and I’m sure that’s also the case with most professional athletes, however people tend to forget the amount of work that goes along with the sport. I personally stay incredibly busy just trying to manage myself, a small training business and a heavy practice/competition schedule, I can’t imagine what it’s like to stay on top of a multi-million dollar business and still find the time to practice and compete on the level that he does.
Personally, I hope he continues to play, as I enjoy watching him “repeatedly striking a tiny white ball until it falls into a hole”, but I can’t say I would blame him for enjoying the rest of his time with his family.