SAN ANTONIO - Australia's Steven Bowditch scrambled for a four-under par 68 on Saturday to stretch his lead to three strokes going into the final round of the US PGA Tour's Texas Open. Bowditch , who is seeking a first US tour title, had a 54-hole total of 12-under par 204. He was three strokes in front of Americans Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe. Kuchar fired a seven-under 65, the low round of the day, for 207. Loupe could have had sole possession of second place, but bogeyed his last hole for a two-under 70. American Pat Perez was alone on 208 after a 69 and American Kevin Na's 69 left him on 209. Bowditch chipped in at the first two holes for a birdie and an eagle. He added two more birdies and just one bogey, at the par-four ninth, to build on his 36-hole lead.–AFP