California may not get $135,000 even if Mickelson sets record Sunday

California tax collectors could be the winners so far as Phil Mickelson is still a California resident as he is on pace for a 72-hole record in any PGA event. With a 12.3% state income tax rate that Mickelson threatened to flee, they could get $135,300.

However, since the money is all earned Arizona, that state may collect $276,940 on all $6.1 million earned in their state Sunday based on their more reasonable 4.54% tax rate. Athletes and other high earners generally have to break down their income by where it was earned and spread their state tax payments accordingly.

I will leave the specifics up to the golfers' accountants. What we do know is that a 64 Sunday would let Mickelson top the 254 shot by Tommy Armour III at the Valero Texas Open in 2003.

Golfer Year Event Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Total
Phil Mickelson 2013 Phoenix Open 60 65 64   189
Tommy Armour III 2003 Valero Texas Open 64 62 63 65 254
Steve Stricker 2009 Bob Hope Classic 65 67 61 62 255
Mark Calcavecchia 2001 Phoenix Open 65 60 64 67 256
Russell Henley 2013 Sony Open 63 63 67 63 256
Mike Souchak 1955 Texas Open 60 68 64 65 257
Tiger Woods 2007 Tour Championship 64 63 64 66 257

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