A year ago the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic was the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in south east Asia and Davis thought his birdie-eagle-birdie finish might give him the title.
But American Ben Crane eagled the par four 15th and matched the Londoner's closing birdie to grab a one-stroke victory worth a million dollars.
This week's event back at The Mines in Kuala Lumpur comes after the end of the circuit's official money list season - England's Luke Donald won that last Sunday - but after six runners-up finishes Davis will take a win wherever and whenever he can get it.
Crane defends the trophy in a 48-man field that also contains major winners Vijay Singh, Angel Cabrera and Stewart Cink.
A win for Australian Robert Allenby would be timely indeed after Fred Couples' recent comments ahead of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.
Couples was bound to have his early selection of Tiger Woods criticised given the former world number one's fall outside the game's top 50.
But he hit back by saying: "I think I can sit here and say Robert Allenby (one of Greg Norman's two wild cards) hasn't won a tournament in 10 years."
That is true in America, but two years ago Allenby the NedBank Challenge in South Africa by beating Henrik Stenson in a play-off and a week later added the Australian PGA Championship by four.