DOHA, Qatar, March 17 (UPI) -- Adam Scott of Australia on claimed his second career European PGA Tour title Sunday with a convincing performance at the Qatar Masters.
Scott carded a final-round 5-under-par 67 for a 19-under 269 at Doha Golf Club and a six-shot victory over Lancashire teenager Nick Dougherty and France's Jean-Francois Remesy.
It was the ideal preparation for the 21-year-old Australian, who will make his Masters debut next month.
"It feels great to be winning again," he said. "I had my chances last year but didn't see it through. I've got the first one early in the year so I can really dig my heels in and I feel I'm a complete player now."
Scott claimed the Alfred Dunhill Championship in January 2001 but failed to make the most of several good opportunities later in the season, in particular letting a two-shot lead slip away in the last round of the English Open.
"Today, I felt really good and was really calm out there for the first time in that situation," he said. "It's the most relaxed I've felt on a golf course. I was telling myself to be so patient from previous experience when I got a bit panicky last year."
Six players shared fourth place, eight shots back, including Wales' Mark Pilkington, Scot Stephen Gallacher and England's John Bickerton, but Colin Montgomerie stumbled to a closing 74, finishing 11 shots off the pace.
Scott began the day three shots clear and was never in danger of being caught, especially after playing three holes in 4-under around the turn.
After opening with seven straight pars, he hit an approach to four feet for a birdie at the eighth and went one better at the 634-yard par five ninth, his third shot from 133 yards pitching a foot past the flag and spinning back into the hole for eagle.
"I think that was a bit of winner's luck that sealed it for me," admitted Scott, who shares a similar swing and coach Butch Harmon with world No. 1 Tiger Woods. "I waited five years until Friday to hole a full iron shot (a 4-iron from 200 yards for an eagle on the 15th) and now it's two in two days."
Another birdie on the next maintained a six-shot cushion, and although he dropped shots on the 12th and 15th, birdies on the 14th, 17th and 18th rounded off an impressive performance.
Equally impressive was the display of 19-year-old Dougherty, a protege of six-time major winner Nick Faldo who is playing his first full season on tour and struggled with a rib injury for much of the week. Remesy birdied the last to deny Dougherty outright second.