If not for Singapore's own Mardan Mamat, who went wire-to-wire for his first European Tour win, Dougherty would have pulled it off. Instead, he finished a shot back.
'I feel I should probably have defended my title,' said Dougherty, who matched Mamat with a 71 in the final round. 'I played poorly on the final day last year and was 4 over after nine holes, which isn't satisfactory if you harbor ambitions of winning tournaments.
'No doubt the Singaporeans cheering on Mardan have a different view, but I have nothing but praise for the locals.'
Dougherty became the youngest Singapore Masters winner in 2005 at the age of 22 years and 251 days. Colin Montgomerie was the oldest in 2004 at 40 years and 272 days.
Along with many of the best European Tour golfers, Monty is not in the field this week. Dougherty, David Howell and Lee Westwood are among the top players who will be on hand.
The GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage of all four rounds beginning at 9:30 a.m. (et) Thursday. Next week is the TCL Classic in China, traditionally a shootout, where Johan Edfors picked up the first of his three victories last season.