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 204 at TPC San Antonio. He would get into the Masters with a victory. Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe were tied for second at 9-under 207. 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 this week in the Houston Open, the last event before the Masters. "I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit it hard," Mickelson said a statement. "It just killed, and it wouldn't subside for 10 or 12 seconds. I'm going back to San Diego (for) a couple of days and have a doctor look at it, but there's really not much you can do for a pulled muscle."

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. It's the second time this year Mickelson has withdrawn in the middle of a tournament.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.

LPGA Tour: Cristie Kerr made a 55-foot par-saving putt after hitting her final approach into the water, giving her a share of the lead with Lizette Salas after the third round of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad. Kerr finished with a 2-under 70 to match Salas at 10-under 206 at Aviara GC. After dropping a stroke on the par-5 17th, Kerr holed out from the edge of the green on the par-4 18th after taking a penalty drop. Salas, the former USC player from Azusa, had a 69. Dori Carter, the second-round leader after a course-record 64, had a 74 to drop into a tie for third at 8-under 208 with Anna Nordqvist, Ayako Uehara and Shanshan Feng.



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