Phil Mickelson reveals the story behind those cool shades

After his third round, Phil Mickelson joined Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo in the CBS 18th-hole tower at the PGA Championship.

This was much more than the routine three-minute post-round interview.

Fair to say, Lefty was killing it during his extended appearance. His analysis of the course and players was spot on.

He also took a minute to explain the “State Trooper” style, mirrored sunglasses he’s been wearing lately. It doesn’t appear that he wore then in the second or third rounds this week, but he was seen wearing them during Thursday’s first round.

Nonetheless, they’ve largely become a staple to his golf attire.

“During the COVID break, I did this Carac cream, which is like a skin cancer chemotherapy treatment on your face, for like two weeks, and your skin blotches up and you kill these cancer cells that you can’t see and when I went outside, I had to wear some protection so I wore these glasses to protect the area around my eyes.”

According to, Carac cream is “used on the skin to treat skin cancer and certain types of skin conditions that could become cancer.”

With emphasis, Mickelson then said: “I liked them. 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.”

Mickelson then quipped: “Not everybody can pull that look off.”

Which may be true.

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