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Golf: Australian Steven Bowditch leads by three at Texas Open

Published March 29, 2014 7:58 pm
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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.

"I've won four or five times in between Australia and Web.com," said Bowditch, who would get into the Masters with a victory. "I've got a little experience, but not a great deal, especially at this level. I've never slept on a lead, so we'll see how we go."



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.

"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. I hope I'll be OK to play the Shell in Houston, but I just don't know."

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.

LPGA Tour

Carlsbad, Calif. • 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.

Kerr finished with a 2-under 70 to match Salas at 10-under 206 at Aviara. 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 Southern California player from Azusa, had a 69. She birdied the par-5 17th for a share of the lead and matched Kerr with a par on the last

Kerr won the Kingsmill Championship last year for her 16th LPGA Tour title.

Dori Carter, the second-round leader after a course-record 64, had a 74 to drop into a tie for third at 8 under with Thailand winner Anna Nordqvist, Ayako Uehara and Shanshan Feng.

Nordqvist and Uehara shot 67, and Feng had a 69. Third-ranked Stacy Lewis was 7 under after a 73. —

Leaderboard

Texas Open

Steven Bowditch -12

Matt Kuchar -9

Andrew Loupe -9

Pat Perez -8

Kevin Na -7

Chad Collins -6

Daniel Summerhays -6

 

 

 

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