Tracker: Bowditch leads Texas Open by 3 shots

Steven Bowditch lines up a putt on the 18th hole at TPC San Antonio during the second round of the Valero Texas Open.

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Steven Bowditch added to his lead Saturday at the Valero Texas Open.

The Australian carded a 4-under 68 and now leads by three shots entering Sunday's final round at TPC San Antonio. Matt Kuchar, who shot 65 Saturday, and Andrew Loupe are tied for second at 9 under.

Also, Phil Mickelson withdrew after 10 holes, citing a pulled oblique muscle.

Here's how it happened:

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Update No. 15: 6:02 p.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch can't make an 11-footer for birdie at the par-5 18th, but the par gives him a 4-under 68. At 12 under, he leads by three shots over Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe.

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Update No. 14: 5:39 p.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch nearly drives the green at the short par-4 17th before chipping close and making birdie. He's now 12 under overall and leads by two shots entering his final hole of the round.

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Update No. 13: 4:59 p.m. EDT

As we reported earlier, Phil Mickelson withdrew citing a pulled muscle. We have since learned that it's a pulled oblique muscle and that Mickelson's status for next week's Shell Houston Open is in question. Check out the above video of Mickelson being driven off the course in a golf cart, as well as his caddie, Jim Mackay, talking to the Golf Channel's Steve Sands (mobile readers can view it here).

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Update No. 12: 4:35 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar birdies the par-5 18th, closing out a 7-under 65 with two straight birdies. Kuchar is now tied for second at 9 under, two shots back of leader Steven Bowditch.

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Update No. 11: 3:58 p.m. EDT

Ryan Palmer cards a 4-under 68, closing with three birdies in his last five holes. Palmer, who needs a top-3 finish this week to crack the OWGR top 50 and qualify for the Masters, is currently in solo sixth at 5 under.

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Update No. 10: 3:23 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson withdrew after 10 holes, citing a pulled muscle. Mickelson was 1 over on his round and 4 over for the tournament at the time of his withdrawal.

Click here to read more on Mickelson's third-round WD.

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Update No. 9: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Ryan Palmer is 2 under through 15 holes today and is tied for ninth at 3 under overall. Palmer, ranked 62nd in the OWGR, needs a T-3 finish or better this week to move inside the top 50 and earn a Masters invite.

The other Masters hopeful, Chesson Hadley, is tied for 24th at 1 under. Hadley is 56th in the OWGR and needs a T-7 finish or better to move into the top 50.

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Update No. 8: 2:48 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth birdies the par-4 fifth hole to move into the top 10. Spieth is 4 under through 14 holes today, 3 under overall.

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Update No. 7: 2:22 p.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch birdies the par-4 fifth hole to move to 12 under. He's 4 under on his round, chipping in for birdie at the opening hole and holing a pitch for eagle at the second (see above video; mobile users can view it here).

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Update No. 6: 2:08 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth is still bogey-free through 12 holes today and has moved into a tie for 16th at 2 under thanks in part to three birdies on his front nine (Nos. 10-18).

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Update No. 5: 1:50 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar recorded five birdies in his first seven holes and he's now 7 under overall through eight holes, four shots off the lead.

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Update No. 4: 1:29 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson began his third round on the back nine after making the cut on the number Friday. Mickelson is 1 over through four holes, 4 over overall. Mickelson's bogey came at the par-4 12th hole where he found a fairway bunker off the tee and then hit a poor second shot that was well short of the green.

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Update No. 3: 1:20 p.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch holes a chip for eagle at the par-5 second hole to move to 11 under. He now has a three-shot lead over Andrew Loupe.

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Update No. 2: 12:58 p.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch and Chad Collins both open with birdies at the first hole while Andrew Loupe makes par. Bowditch is now 9 under, Collins 8 under and Loupe 7 under.

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Update No. 1: 12:35 p.m. EDT

The leaders just teed off in Round 3 at TPC San Antonio. But before we get things started with the tracker, check out the above video recapping Friday's second round (mobile readers can view it here).

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Friday coverage

5 Things: Bowditch leads; Mickelson makes cut; more

Despite a double bogey on his final hole, Steven Bowditch leads by a shot after two rounds of the Valero Texas Open while Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number.

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Thursday coverage

5 Things: Perez, Lee shine early; Mickelson struggles

Pat Perez and Danny Lee managed 4-under 68s to hold the clubhouse lead, while Andrew Loupe was 4 under through 11 holes before play was halted due to darkness on Thursday evening at the Valero Texas Open.

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Preview coverage

Mickelson readies for 1st Texas Open since 1992

Phil Mickelson’s final stroke of the day, a deft 8-footer for birdie, fell into the cup at 7:40 p.m. local time, though no one saw it. It was that dark at TPC San Antonio on Wednesday evening. What could be heard, however, was the good cheer of a pro-am much enjoyed.

Expert picks: J. Spieth, Z. Johnson among Valero favorites

Former Texas Longhorns player Jordan Spieth and Brendan Steele are two of the players drawing interest from our experts in their picks for this week's Valero Texas Open on the PGA Tour. Spieth has played well much of this season, and a homecoming could be just what he needs to put four solid rounds together.

Notes: J. Walker survives moving day; Z. Johnson looks to erase 80

In his previous eight trips to the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, Jimmy Walker was the hometown guy. This time, well, he’s still the hometown guy, only now he’s also a three-time PGA Tour winner. Zach Johnson, meanwhile, is back for the first time since and looking to put a bad round out of mind.

In San Antonio, Alvarado seeks path back to Tour

The Valero Texas Open wasn’t exactly a tournament he had penciled in as part of his ease back into competition, but Benjamin Alvarado is thrilled for the opportunity. At home in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, Alvarado was two tournaments into his return from being sidelined for months with an injury to his left kneecap.

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