Tiger Woods responds to Phil Mickelson's tax issues

Tiger Woods has a take on Phil Mickelson. (GettyImages)

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I didn't really expect Tiger Woods to respond to Phil Mickelson's tax rant from Sunday, but when pressed during his interview Tuesday, here's how Woods responded:

I moved out of here back in '96 for that reason. I enjoy Florida but it was also...I understand what he was I think trying to say. I think he'll probably explain it better in a little bit more detail.

The latter part of that quote drew quite a few giggles from the media as Tiger gave a cheeky grin.

Woods was born in Cypress, Calif., and lived in Orange County until he moved to Florida in 1996. The reason for that move (as Woods implied) is that California's current tax rate is 13.3 percent, and Florida doesn't have a state income tax. 

Woods and Mickelson have quite a history of taking jabs at each other, but it seems like Woods was sympathetic in this case, if not confused by the way Mickelson went about making his points.

Mickelson released a statement late Monday night, clarifying his comments from Sunday. He is supposed to speak to the media for further clarification Wednesday.

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