PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem, a former economist in Jimmy Carter's presidential administration, said Phil Mickelson's potential decision to leave California because of the state's high tax rate was "not a unique thing."
"I don't know if I should comment on this, because I didn't see everything he said," Finchem said Wednesday at Torrey Pines, according to Golf Digest. "But, generally, people making decisions based on the tax rates in California on top of the federal tax rates is not a unique thing."
Finchem added: "There are businesses relocating out of California because they can operate better in states that have lower tax rates."
On Sunday, Mickelson said California's high tax rate would force him to make "drastic changes"