Bunker Rake: Golfers make too much money

Stephen Dunn

In case you were too busy watching the NFL Playoffs this weekend, here are the important golf stories you may have missed.

While this weekend was reserved for NFL Championship games, the world of professional golf was alive with memorable stories, tournament wins and even an old-fashioned tax rate bickering! Here's my take on two notable topics from the past week.

Phil Mickelson wants you to know he's rich -- Apparently Lefty makes too much damn money, and he isn't shy about talking about it. Due to increasing California tax laws, Mickelson's hand is apparently being forced to make "drastic changes"... whatever that means. (For the record, Lefty made more than $45 million last year.)

"It's been an interesting offseason," Mickelson said Sunday. "And I'm going to have to make some drastic changes. I'm not going to jump the gun and do it right away, but I will be making some drastic changes."

Do you think he's going to make some drastic changes? I think he's going to make some drastic changes. Drastic. Changes.

Let's be honest for a second, folks. For a player who has made a career based on fantastic golf and connecting with the "common man," complaining about your 60 percent tax rate isn't exactly keeping in touch with the average Joe. We simply cannot relate to that issue, so hearing about Mickelson's money troubles is inadvertently coming off as being a bit spoiled. Some things are better left unsaid, and this is an example of that.

Brian Gay also just made a ton of money -- Meanwhile, Brian Gay won a golf tournament. With his victory at the Humana Challenge, Gay also pocketed more than $1 million for his efforts and recorded his fourth PGA Tour victory. You know what's great about his winner's share? Nobody cares about what tax bracket Brian Gay falls into, and nobody should have to care.

Take a note, Phil.

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