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To say this week has been one of the weirdest in golf history would be an understatement. We had golf, we had speeches and we had golf speeches. Who won this week and who lost on the golf course?

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Ian Poulter: In 2007, Poulter made himself the butt of jokes worldwide when he predicted that when he plays to his full potential, it would only be, "me and Tiger." This week in Arizona, he played to that potential, and ran through the bracket. It was his first win on the PGA Tour in 103 starts, and after a stellar Ryder Cup in 2008, where he went 4-1-0, Poulter has quickly become the hottest match play golfer in the world.

Ryo Ishikawa: The 18-year-old took out Michael Sim in the first round and Ross McGowen in the second round before losing to Thongchai Jaidee. It was another good showing for Ishikawa, who continues to play better on American soil.

The English: Poulter and Paul Casey make the finals, which meant the English flag was flying extra high in Arizona. Along with those two, McGowen upset top seed Steve Stricker in the first round, Oliver Wilson made it to the elite eight by beating another Englishman, Luke Donald, who won two matches himself. The only real disappointment for the Queen's country was Lee Westwood, who couldn't make it out of the second round, but all in all, a solid showing from England.

Phil Mickelson: He didn't play this week at the Accenture because he was on a family vacation, but the more Tiger Woods becomes less of a golfer and more of a gossip columnist's dream, the better for Lefty, who will be in the field at this week's Waste Management Open.

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Sergio Garcia's Weekend: It was great to see Garcia play well early in the week, but boy did he disappear in his final two matches. A 7 and 6 route by Poulter in the semifinals was followed up by a 5 and 4 defeat to Villegas on Sunday, that saw Garcia fail to make a single birdie in 14 holes.

The One seeds: Golf sure isn't March basketball, that's for sure. Stricker, the top seed of the entire field, lost in his first match. Martin Kaymer, Jim Furyk and Lee Westwood were able to make it to Thursday, but that was where their journey would end as well.

Henrik Stenson: Stenson showed up in Marana, Ariz. with flu-like symptoms, but decided to try and play anyway. That was, play one hole. Stenson took to the course to play the first hole in his opening match against Ben Crane, but conceded the match after number one so he could collect a paycheck instead of giving his spot to someone else.

The Americans: Want to see the future of golf on this side of the pond without Tiger or Phil? Only one American (Stewart Cink) made it to the final eight, none were in the final four and big names like Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan and Ryan Moore lost in the first round.

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