Headlines blared over the weekend that golfer Phil Mickelson was considering giving up the sport that made him rich, because he feels besieged by higher tax rates. Don't worry: He's not quitting and he never really suggested he would.
Breathless headlines and story copy repeated that the 42-year-old golfer "May Call It Quits" or "Talks Like Someone Ready to Step Away" and others wrung their hands over how he "hinted" and "suggested" that "possibly" he "may ... walk away from golf." Seems like a pretty extreme move for someone just because his tax rates bumped up a few percentage points.
But what did he actually say?
"I'm going to have to make some drastic changes. I'm not going to jump the gun and do it right away, but I will be making some drastic changes."
In none of Mickelson's direct quotes that we could find does he use the words "quit," "retire," "hang it up," "throw in the towel," or any other variation on not working any more. Every one who said otherwise appears to have made the leap from "drastic changes" to "no longer playing golf," despite little evidence to support it. That's a pretty big leap too, since the response to losing money (even to taxes) is usually not "stop making money."