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    • Brown: Garcia could look to Scott for advice on bouncing back

    • Greenwood/Getty Images Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia were paired together during the first two rounds at Augusta.Greenwood/Getty Images Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia were paired together during the first two rounds at Augusta.

    The disappointing experience will test Garcia's fortitude, dealing with the kind of numbing defeat that can climb into a player's head and linger. When Garcia hit back-to-back shots into the water at No. 17, it was reminiscent of the Southwest Airlines commercial that asks, "Want to get away?"

    That's why Garcia might consider seeking Scott for advice. Scott faced a similar challenge last year, after bogeying his final four holes to lose the British Open. People questioned if Scott would ever win a major. They wondered how Scott would react the next time he encountered a defining moment.

    Nobody asks those questions of Scott anymore. He answered them all by winning the Masters in April. It was a brilliant performance, lifting Scott's career to a new pinnacle. Garcia was doomed by water Sunday. Meanwhile, Scott is a national hero in Australia, treated as if he walks on water.

    Garcia's career could use similar boost. He left the course Sunday looking like he needed a hug. At age 33, Garcia has plenty of time to win majors, to get more cracks at Tiger Woods. But having won four times already this year, Woods has returned to dominant form. The next time Garcia finds himself in contention, he could easily find Woods waiting for him again.

    Certainly, it will be compelling theatre if Garcia can keep himself on center stage.

    If Garcia plays consistently well the rest of 2013, golf will be better for it. Let's face it, rivalries make sports more interesting. And Garcia and Woods are rivals. It was compelling watching Woods and Garcia paired together Saturday. Social media was buzzing. The tension between them seeped from the golf course into the viewers' living rooms. No friendly chit chat. Little eye contact. Garcia may not like being paired with Woods, but when it happens, fans like watching it, people love talking about it, and the media definitely loves analyzing it.

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