"I've said some stupid things in the past that have caused a media uproar before. It's part of my life, and I'll deal with it," Mickelson said. "It's just part of the deal. One of the things I pride myself on is whatever it is I'm dealing with in my personal life, once I get inside the ropes, I need to be able to focus on the shot at hand and be able to focus on shooting a low score."

Asked the next dumbest thing he said besides the tax issue, Mickelson mentioned the inferior equipment. That's as far as he went.

"Yeah, I'm sure we can think of some pearls over the years, too," he said.

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