Phil Mickelson becomes oldest man to win a golf major title – must be the sunglasses!
24th May 2021
50-year old Phil Mickelson became the oldest man to win a golf major title at the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island ending Sunday 23 May. He sported his sunglasses throughout the 4 rounds.
Phil Mickelson will admit to being a late convert to wearing sunglasses. He explained, “During the COVID break, I used this Carac cream, which is like a skin cancer chemotherapy treatment on your face. I had to wear some protection so I wore these sunglasses to protect the area around my eyes.
“I liked them,” he said. “They didn’t move around on my face when I was swinging. I went out and played with them, and I thought ‘Oh, I’ll give it a try.’ So that’s kinda where it started and then my eyes were much more relaxed at the end of the day, they weren’t squinting the whole time.”
So maybe there’s a lesson here to all those professional golfers that still don’t wear sunglasses! It’s certainly very important that amateur and recreational golfers wear sunglasses when out on the course as our ours eyes are much more susceptible to damage from UV rays: studies show that by the age of 50 we have been exposed to 90% of our lifetime UV damage. This can result in UV related conditions that ultimately lead to loss of vision.
Picture and Phil Mickelson quote courtesy of Golf News Network