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Hansen on tax evasion charges Im on the good side

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DORAL, Fla. – Soren Hansen acknowledged legal woes in his native Denmark are bothering him, but his determination remains unbowed.

Hansen showed that with a 3-under-par 69 Friday to remain in contention halfway through the WGC-CA Championship.

Hansen, 35, was charged last August with tax evasion by Denmark’s State Prosecutor for Serious Economic Crimes, according to media reports in Denmark. Hansen reluctantly made his most public comments on the charges moments after signing his scorecard Friday at the TPC Blue Monster.

Hansen said for the first time that he has a hearing on the issues next week.

“Obviously, it’s been bothering me,” Hansen said. “I know I am on the good side so I have no comments.”

Hansen, who is accused of falsely claiming residence in Monaco, is being forced to pay back nearly 20 million Danish kroner [approximately $3.7 million] for taxes owed between 2000-2006, according to reports in The Copenhagen Post and the Jyllands-Posten newspapers.

Following his round, Hansen said he didn't understand why his legal situation was relevant to the golf tournament. Asked how it's affected his play the last six months, Hansen said: “I wouldn’t say it’s impacted me that much. I’ve played the Ryder Cup, I’ve won golf tournaments and I’ve played well and I’m playing well.”