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Dougherty ends title drought in Munich

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  • Nick Dougherty survives late scare to claim first European Tour title in two years
  • British golfer finishes one stroke ahead of Argentina's Rafa Echenique
  • Echenique sank an albatross two at par-five 18th hole to card 10-under-par 62
  • Dougherty parred his last three holes to avoid a play-off and close with a 64
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(CNN) -- Nick Dougherty survived a late scare to claim his first European Tour title in two years with victory at the BMW International Open in Munich on Sunday.

Nick Dougherty celebrates after sinking the winning putt on the 18th hole at the Munich North Eichenried club.

Nick Dougherty celebrates after sinking the winning putt on the 18th hole at the Munich North Eichenried club.

The British golfer was four strokes clear after overhauling Retief Goosen, who had led for the first three rounds, when Rafa Echenique stunned the crowd with an albatross two at the par-five 18th hole.

That left Dougherty needing to par his last three holes to avoid a play-off, which the 27-year-old Englishman duly did.

He was relieved, having found the rough twice and also hitting a water hazard in his previous attempts at the 18th tee.

"The 18th has been an absolute brute for me this week and I'm delighted to get the job done," said Dougherty, whose game fell apart after the sudden death of his mother following his US Masters debut 14 months ago.

"The strength that my Mum had lives on in me. I want to say thank you to all the people who have helped me through some tough times. I have a great team around me and it's great to be back where I feel I belong."

Dougherty's eight-under-par 64 was the lowest final round to win a tournament on the European Tour this season, and his 22-under-par the lowest 72-hole score so far this year.

However, he was almost upstaged by Argentina's Echenique, who also eagled the par-five 11th hole to shoot a stunning 10-under 62 and equal the tour's record with an inward 27. The 28-year-old achieved his best finish on the tour since first qualifying at the end of 2006.

South Africa's Goosen could only manage a 71 to place third on 18 under, with Chile's Felipe Aguilar (66), Scotland's David Drysdale (69), Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez (65) and England's Graeme Storm (67) tied for fourth another stroke back.

The 51-year-old Bernhard Langer -- second overnight and looking to become the oldest winner in European Tour history - could only tie for eighth on his home course, closing with 71 after bogeying his last two holes.

Dougherty claimed his third victory on the circuit, taking home the $470,000 first prize after following up his earlier wins at the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and 2005 Singapore Masters.

It was his first win coming from behind in the final round, and secured him a spot at the next two World Golf Championships events -- the Bridgestone Invitational and HSBC Champions -- and the PGA Tour's season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship.

He also earned a berth at the British Open Championship at Turnberry next month.

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