For five golfers, four of them champions of majors, home during the U.S. 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 was not 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 PGA champion.
Then again, even the poshest surroundings could not ease Tiger Woods over the cut line. As Woods shot 10 over par in the first two rounds, he was staying aboard his 155-foot yacht, the Privacy, in Sag Harbor, about 15 miles northwest of Shinnecock Hills. The Privacy, which was Woods’ honeymoon gift to his now ex-wife, was not the grandest boat in sight, and off its bow was a yacht with a name that sounded like a taunt: the Indiscretion.
“It’s been nice to kind of get away from the tournament scene and go to my dinghy there and enjoy it,” Woods said before the tournament.