If there's ever a time to sympathize, it's when a golfer in complete control suddenly takes a nosedive.
For 68 holes at this year's Open Championship, Adam Scott was brilliant. He found the sweet spot on the club face with regularity, and even holed a few putts with his long wand.
However, a golf tournament is comprised of 72 holes, and Scott couldn't get it done there. Four final holes, four bogeys and Ernie Els was the Open champion.
It was an excruciating defeat for Scott, an über-talented Aussie who's just coming into his own in the majors. Considering the brutality of his collapse, it could take Scott precious years of his prime to recover.
In fact, the 32-year-old may never rebound, ending his career as one of the best players never to win a major.
Not so fast.
Golf is a game where resiliency is rewarded, and an elephant's memory will almost certainly be a player's doom. Many players over the years have experienced the same crushing defeat, and while some have never redeemed themselves, others have in grand fashion.
So, Scott can have the comfort of knowing that a number of players in his position have gone on to succeed.
Ten players in particular come in to mind, names big and small, and they've all put aside painful memories to continue towards bigger and better things in their golfing careers.