India, May 15 -- At the Trinity Forest Golf Club greens in Dallas, Texas, the smell of defeat. Anirban Lahiri has failed to make the cut. Yet again. It's the seventh time in 15 PGA Tour events since the start of the year that Lahiri has missed the cut. He has slipped to 166 on the FedEx Cup list, the PGA Tour's order of merit.

If he does not stay within 125 by September-end, he does not get to keep his hard-earned tour card for the 2020 season. He is only the third Indian, after Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal, to enjoy full rights on the PGA Tour, a distinction he earned back in 2016. He can't think about that. Right here, at this moment, staring down the barrel, Lahiri knows he has to 'suck it up'. "The last 11 months have been a low...