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Steven Bowdich watches hits his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Texas Open on Saturday in San Antonio.
Steven Bowdich watches hits his tee shot on the second hole during the third round of the Texas Open on Saturday in San Antonio.
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SAN ANTONIO — Steven Bowditch opened a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Texas Open, while Phil Mickelson withdrew after 10 holes because of a pulled muscle in his right side.


Bowditch, the 30-year-old Australian seeking his first PGA Tour title, shot a 4-under 68 to reach 12 under at TPC San Antonio. Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe were tied for second. Kuchar shot 65, and Loupe had a 70.


Mickelson withdrew after pulling the muscle teeing off on No. 1 — his 10th hole of the round. He hopes to play next week in the Houston Open, the last event before the Masters.


Lefty was 1-over par in the round and 4 over overall when the three-time Masters champion was taken off the course in a cart. His caddie, Jim Mackay, said Mickelson felt a twinge on his tee shot on No. 1.


It’s the second time this year Mickelson has withdrawn in the middle of a tournament. He pulled out at Torrey Pines after making the cut because of a back injury.


On Friday, Mickelson made the cut on the number, following an opening 77 with a 70.


Bowditch, ranked 339th in the world, chipped in at the first two holes, for birdie at No. 1 and an eagle at the par-5 second. He drove to chipping distance at the 338-yard fifth hole and made a 4-foot birdie putt.


He cooled after that when he missed the green at No. 9 and bogeyed, then strung together pars until he drove close to the at the 324-yard downwind 17th. He chipped inside a foot and tapped in for birdie and kept his two-stroke lead when Loupe matched the birdie.


Loupe closed with a bogey.


Kuchar, a six-time winner on the tour, had the best round of the week. He holed out the greenside bunker on No. 1.


Pat Perez was fourth at 8 under after a 69.


Kevin Na, who had a 16 on the ninth hole three years ago, was 7 under after a 69.

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