Steven Bowditch opened a 3-stroke lead Saturday in the Texas Open, while Phil Mickelson withdrew after 10 holes because of a pulled muscle in his right side.

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

Ive won four or five times between Australia and Web.com, said Bowditch, who would get into the Masters with a victory. Ive got a little experience, but not a great deal, especially at this level. Ive never slept on a lead, so well 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 weekend in the Houston Open, the last event before the Masters.

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.

It was as easy a chip as youre going to have out here, Bowditch said.

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 2-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.

Still surprised to be at 7 under today, Kuchar said. Its not a score I would have thought was out there with these sort of conditions.

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.

LPGA Tour

Cristie Kerr made a 55-foot par-saving putt after hitting her final approach into the water at Aviara, giving her a share of the lead with Lizette Salas after the third round of the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

Kerr finished with a 2-under 70 to match Salas at 10-under 206. 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 hole.

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.

European Tour

Asia staged an improbable Ryder Cup-like comeback on the final day of the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, picking up seven of 10 points available in singles to level the score at 10-all and share the trophy with Europe.

Asia, trailing 7-3 going into the final day, briefly took the lead at 9-8 before Joost Luiten beat Koumei Oda 1-up to pull the Europeans level.

The final match between Asias Hideto Tanihara and Europes Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano finished all square.

Tanihara sank an 8-foot putt to halve the 17th after Fernandez-Castano eagled the 16th to even the match.

On the 18th, Tanihara had a chance to give Asia the win but his birdie putt was a foot to the left. Fernandez-Castano then holed a 3-footer to halve the hole, their match and the Cup.

Europe, which led 5-0 after the opening fourball competition Thursday and by four points after Fridays foursomes, only needed 3 points Saturday to clinch the trophy.

But the Asians won six of the singles matches and halved two others in their comeback.