They spent eight hours Sunday chasing greatness. They could see it for a while, but they could never catch it. And before long, it moved completely out of sight.
By the time Dustin Johnson had birdied the first hole of his final round Sunday in the Genesis Open at Riviera, he had built his lead to seven shots and turned a host of contenders into pretenders. Second place was the top prize up for grabs.
It wasn’t that the challengers were playing poorly. Six of them finished at 11-under par or better, and that would have been good enough to finish at least tied for first in three of the last five years at Riviera. Not this week.
Cameron Tringale, playing in the final...