SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — For five golfers, four of them champions of majors, home during the United States Open has been a makeshift camp of recreational vehicles. It sits on the grounds of a Montessori school, replete with a white picket fence, and abuts Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
A garden gnome, wearing the white coveralls of a Masters caddie, greeted me on the campgrounds when I visited Friday. The gnome wasn’t a lucky charm for its owner, Bubba Watson, who missed the cut along with his next-door neighbor at Camp Shinnecock, Jason Day, the 2015 P.G.A. champion.