LIV Golf's Ian Poulter Wears Old IJP Design Apparel In DP World Tour Return

The Ryder Cup legend wore clothing from his former company during the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Ian Poulter hits an iron shot
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Ian Poulter had a blast from the past at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship as he walked the fairways of Yas Links wearing clothing from his former apparel company.

Poulter wore some of his old IJP Design gear almost six years after the company closed, with the DP World Tour previously requesting players from LIV to not wear branding from the Saudi-backed series in its events.

He wore a Majesticks GC logo, his LIV Golf team, during the BMW PGA Championship but there were no signs of that logo in Abu Dhabi.

“This is a business that I actually own part of, so it has a right to be there,” he said at Wentworth in September. “I have had about six different sets of clothes in the last five weeks. I can’t possibly go to the embroiderers and have another set made up for this week. I am here for three weeks. I’m travelling, so this was the set I brought.”

The Englishman formed the IJP Design brand in 2017, with it lasting 10 years before closing due to the "ever increasingly competitive landscape."

Ian Poulter reads a putt

Poulter wearing IJP Design in Abu Dhabi

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"We have been unable to justify its continuation after many years of investing in the business and a number of attempts to reshape it against an ever increasingly competitive landscape," Poulter said in 2017.

Following his T60 finish in Abu Dhabi, the 12-time European Tour winner wrote on Instagram that it was "so nice" to wear some of his old apparel.

Ian Poulter Instagram story screengrab

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The Ryder Cup legend signed a lucrative deal with LIV Golf last year and has since been playing on both the Saudi-backed start-up circuit and the DP World Tour, although this week's Dubai Desert Classic could potentially be his last ever start on the former European Tour.

The European-based tour is currently embroiled in a court case with LIV, with a decision set to come next month on whether LIV players can continue to play.

If they're not allowed, it would also mean that the likes of Poulter, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia would not be eligible for future Ryder Cups.

Poulter's next starts are set to come this week in Dubai, the week after in Saudi Arabia on the Asian Tour and then in Mexico towards the end of February in the LIV Golf League opener.

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV