Despite shooting 1-over in the third round of the Fiji International, Anthony Houston was pleased with his mental approach on course, continuing to grind rather than let the day defeat him.

Anthony Houston"I was struggling mid-round. In the past I would give it away and drop a few more shots but I really hung in there," said Houston, who won the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School in January.

"You never want to lose it and just give up when you're playing with such a good person like Brandt."

"I'm sure he's been where I was before and did the right things so I want to do the right things too."

It was a big day for Houston who relished the opportunity to play alongside Brandt Snedeker, saying the World Number 23 made him feel very relaxed on course.

"He's an awesome guy. I didn't even have to talk to him a lot, he would talk to me. He's just such a genuine guy for such a superstar," added Houston who is three shots behind his playing partner and tournament leader.

"Brandt doesn't make you feel like you're playing with someone so good because he's just so nice and he almost keeps you relaxed as well."

Tomorrow Houston will play with Snedeker again but the pressure will be even more enhanced.  He will be chasing a win in the hopes that he will join his best mate and Australian PGA Champion Nathan Holman on the European Tour.

"I would be lying if I said I didn't know what was up for grabs at the end of this," added Houston. 

"Nathan and I have been best mates since we were 12, coming through the same golf club. I know I can play as good as him (Nathan Holman) on his day but his bad days are just more consistent."

"So I've just got to make mine the same and I think that's just what I did today."