Ian Poulter talks Ryder Cup, Seve, clothes
October, 4, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
David Cannon/Getty ImagesIan Poulter, posing with Aimee-Leigh and Luke James, said the whole family is into fashion.This past weekend at the Ryder Cup, European golfer Ian Poulter invoked the memory of legend Seve Ballesteros on the golf course as he engineered Europe's 14.5-13.5 victory.
Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal insisted that Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011, be a prominent part of the team. So Ballesteros' silhouette was on the bags, and the team wore his favorite colors -- navy blue and white -- on the final day.
Olazabal even predicted Poulter could take his place as coach in 2014.
Poulter loves the comparison to Ballesteros on and off the golf course.
See, Ballesteros loved clothes as much as Poulter does.
"Back in the day, I couldn't afford to buy nice clothes, even though my mom managed a clothing store. I got into clothes when I started working at a pro shop," Poulter said. "When I transitioned into playing golf, I finally earned enough money to buy what I want and wear what I want."
In 2007, Poulter launched IJP clothing brand. There is a men's line, a junior's line and next year a women's line.
"Seve, Payne Stewart, Greg Norman and even John Daly: All those guys were their own guys with their recognizable look. That's what I wanted," Poulter said. "I want to look good even in a casual setting. I just enjoy nice clothes."
Poulter, who lives in Orlando with his wife and four children, admits that he is a little obsessed with fashion.
"I do have a little OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder]. Everything is lined up in the closets," Poulter said. "Thankfully, I have my dad's slim genes. So I can eat as much as I want and get away with it."
Now, Poulter's children are getting into on the act. All love looking good.
"My 3-year-old [Lilly-Mai] always wants new shoes and new dresses," Poulter said. "And my son, Luke, always asks me for a new pair of sneakers and a new belt. We all enjoy nice clothes!"