Gold pro Phil Mickelson backtracked on comments that he made suggesting that he planned to make "drastic changes" because of federal and California state tax increases.

In a statement to Fox News late Monday, Mickelson apologized to anyone he may have "upset or insulted" with the comments that his high tax bracket was causing him to consider "drastic changes" in his life.

"Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public," Mickelson told Fox News.

Earlier, Mickelson had said he planned to make "drastic changes" because of federal and California state tax increases.