4 Best Sunglasses At The Open Championship

Here are some of our favourite pairs of sunglasses on show at the Open Championship.

4 Best Sunglasses At The Open Championship
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Here are some of our favourite pairs of sunglasses on show at the Open Championship.

4 Best Sunglasses At The Open Championship

On those days when the sun comes out, a good pair of sunglasses is a necessity.

We all know this and it seems so do the professionals as many players turned up to the 149th Open Championship (opens in new tab) with sunglasses ready to go.

As such we have made a small list of our favourites below and if you want more models to choose from, check out our guide on the best golf sunglasses (opens in new tab) as well.

Oakley Portal X Sunglasses

Oakley Portal X Sunglasses

As worn by Garrick Higgo (opens in new tab), the Oakley Portal X sunglasses are one of our favourite models. As you can see above they look great on the golf course and we have used them countless times off it too.

After testing we found these to be stylish, comfortable and the Prizm Dark Golf lenses undoubtedly enhance the contrast on bright days, which is especially helpful on greens with subtle slopes. Very important for the breaks and bumps at Royal St George's then.

The tacky material used for the nose pads ensures a comfortable but secure fit while the special Unobtanium material on the inside of the earsocks has a similar feel and increases in grip when wet. This ensures that when you sweat, a common occurrence when playing on hot sunny days, they stay firmly in position when you swing.

Oakley Portal X Sunglasses Review

Oakley Mercenary Sunglasses

Another Oakley model that caught our eye was the Mercenary design Justin Rose (opens in new tab) was wearing throughout the week.

It’s a lightweight, minimalist design with a larger lens for wider field of view. Although the Mercenary is available in various frame and lens combination, we found the best lenses for the course to be the Prizm and Prizm Dark Golf because they help players see changes in grass texture by improving the contrast between various shades of green.

That really helps you pick out the contours and see the lines on the putting surface.

  •  Read our full Oakley Mercenary Sunglasses review  

Henrik Stenson Iceman 3.0 Sunglasses

A common wearer of sunglasses, Henrik Stenson (opens in new tab) actually has his own line of sunglasses. During The Open he was wearing the Iceman 3.0's which are the signature model of the new range.

They have been designed with TR-90, which is an ultra-lightweight and flexible polymer for the frame, and they sof rubber grips for comfort.

The lenses are also a significant feature here. They are anti-scratch and have a sharp, ventilated HD lens for outstanding visuals out on the golf course. That being said they also work off the golf course too.

  •  Read our full Henrik Stenson Iceman 3.0 Sunglasses review  

4 Best Sunglasses At The Open Championship

Oakley Flak 2.0 Sunglasses

Our final pick is very popular with several Tour professionals like Rickie Fowler (opens in new tab) and Corey Conners wearing them, the Flak 2.0's.

They feature High Definition Optics that provides superior optical clarity and razor-sharp vision at every angle. Oakley’s Prizm lens technology also fine-tunes vision that comes into its own when you’re on the course and reading greens, for example.

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  •  Read our full Oakley Flak 2.0 Sunglasses review  

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A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6