Phil Mickelson Gives Tax Advice to 16-Year-Old Lydia Ko Ahead of Her First Professional Tournament

Lydia Ko Phil Mickelson editIt’s not uncommon for elders to speak freely about the regrets of their youth. This time, at least, Phil Mickelson had some good advice to share.

Mickelson, a San Diego native, attended college at Arizona State before moving back to California. He never left, and no one could blame a young 20-something earning millions of dollars playing golf for doing so. Now, Mickelson wishes he had left, and he was sure to give that advice to a young golfer on the verge of turning pro.

Lydia Ko has already won four professional tournaments, including two LPGA events, but was still listed as an amateur when she competed. Now, in anticipation of her first tournament in Florida, Lefty decided to share his wisdom.

”We’re looking [at] Florida and Texas and a couple other places there’s no income tax,” Ko said. ”Phil mentioned that one of the biggest mistakes was staying [in California] after college where the taxes are quite high. So I’m trying to stay in a low place. I don’t have any money yet.”

Had Ko turned pro earlier, it’s estimated she would have already earned over $1 million.

This isn’t the first time Mickelson has given his opinions on taxes, but it’s also not bad advice from the 43-year-old. Then again, California’s warm weather and beaches must be alluring to a 16-year-old girl and, even after taxes, $1 million is still enough for a pretty sweet trip to the mall.

Photo via Twitter/LydiaKo

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