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Adam Scott snatches victory with closing 61

Adam Scott produced a record final round of 11-under-par 61 to win the Qatar Masters by three strokes on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Scott started the day tied for fifth place but came out firing to stun his rivals with a total of 20-under 268 and finish ahead of Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

"This is my lowest ever score but the thought of a course record was never on my mind," said Scott, who became the first player to take the title for a second time after winning in 2002.

He was in terrific form from the start, sinking birdies on all the first five holes. He added another birdie on the seventh for a front-nine 30.

His return journey was also impressive, with birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th. After missing a birdie putt on the 14th he made amends with another two birdies on the 15th and 17th.

He said overnight rain and occasional drizzle on Sunday had made the course soft but added that the Doha Golf Course was tailor-made for him.

"It's a driver's course and it suits my game," he said.

The lowest score at the Qatar Masters was previously the seven-under 65 set by Sweden's Joakim Haeggman in 2004, which was later equalled by 2005 winner Ernie Els of South Africa.

Scott's sixth European Tour victory earned him a winner's cheque of $416,660 and moved him up three places to fifth in the world rankings.

Stenson finished second with 271 while South African Charl Schwartzel was third on 273. Stenson had a final round of seven-under 65 while Schwartzel carded a five-under 67.

Stenson, who had a share of second place overnight, equalled the previous course record with a seven-birdie final round. England's Lee Westwood also hit 65 but finished fifth after a poor third round, two shots ahead of Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.

Sweden's Johan Edwards, sole leader after the third round, finished fourth.



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