Jul 23, 2023

Why Is Rickie Fowler Wearing Dark Glasses on a Rainy Day?

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Jun 18, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Rickie Fowler stands on the eleventhtee during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Los AngelesCountry Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

For any professional player, their eyesight is vital for gameplay. In golf with precise aim the players need to have to hit the mark sometimes hundreds of yards away, thus proper eyesight becomes vital to the game.

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So, when the community saw the five-time PGA Tour winner Rickie Fowler, with sunglasses on an overcast day, they got worried. Fowler is known to be a trendsetter in Golf, but those glasses were worn for another reason.


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The first time people saw Fowler with his glasses was at the 2021 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. It was an overcast day and yet Fowler was rocking those Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL sunglasses. The golfer can be seen wearing the same sunglasses at the 2023 Scottish Open. The reason behind wearing those glasses is not a trend or a health condition like Phil Mickelson, but to help him see better.

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Something most golf fans do not know about Fowler is that he has issues seeing far distances. The 34-year-old has struggled with his eyesight for quite some time, particularly in low-light conditions. Instead of going for a Lasik surgery, he donned prescription sunglasses.

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Rickie Fowler's Game Is Turning A Corner And He Has One Thing To Thank For It: Sunglasses

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“I always struggled with seeing more than, say, 150 yards and little things far away.” Fowler said.“The only time I start to struggle with some depth perception is in low light situations, like early morning or as the sun is going down. And so I just wanted to try another option, before going to Lasik down the road,” he added.

According to Fowler, the glasses have improved his vision. While his condition is mild, Fowler’s eyesight measures -.75 in one eye and -.50 in the other. Glasses would have been seen on his face much sooner had it not been for his swing. The angle at which he swings impacted the glasses….a quick change, and now he can wear them.

Rickie Fowler wore gray and white on Thursday, and a pair of prescription sunglasses.

He blended in instead of standing out. He's a father now, not a kid. This is not your son's Rickie Fowler.

But he's a U.S. Open record holder:

— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) June 15, 2023


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After his T8 finish at the 2023 PGA Championship, where he wore the glasses, he claimed they were the missing part of his puzzle. He is still working on his swing to ensure the glasses always stay on. It has not been easy for the PGA Tour pro to get the hang of playing with them on.

“I always felt that with the nose piece, with how much I move sometimes in the swing it would get in the way and I would lose sight of the ball, so I didn’t like glasses forever,” Fowler explained.


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