New Delhi, June 13 -- For two years, Anirban Lahiri had the option of making it to the US Open through a sectional qualifier, but he chose not to. Even this season, he wouldn't have contemplated turning up had it not been for the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

For the 31-year-old, this week's venue is the "St Andrews of US Open", stirring him into being a part of the year's third Major.

Conducted by USGA, which Lahiri claims can "screw up even a perfect golf course", it was the bruising effects of missing cut in 2015 and 2016, when he qualified on ranking, that held him back. If Oakmont (Pennsylvania) in 2016 was the "longest course I had played in my career", the course layout of Chambers Bay in Washington the year before "became...