Lee Trevino's long-lost sidekick, Herman Mitchell, will be back caddying for the Merry Mex beginning with the Feb. 1-3 Royal Caribbean Classic. To regain his sea legs, Mitchell, 64, worked the PGA Tour Q school for Orlando club pro Doug Ray, who failed to advance beyond the first stage. Mitchell enjoyed nearly two decades of high-profile success and high-calorie excess with Trevino before weight-related ailments, including congestive heart failure in 1995, forced him off the Senior tour in '96. A stint at the Diet and Fitness Center at Duke University Medical Center and a radically changed diet and lifestyle have helped Mitchell drop nearly 80 pounds, putting him at a svelte (for him) 240. "I feel like a kid again," he says.
Byron Nelson was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Tuesday in Dallas in hopes of relieving worsening pain in and pressure on his spine. Nelson, who turns 90 next month, calls the surgery minor. "I'm sure I'll make it through this," he told SI.
Sergio Garc�a's kid sister, Mar (right), will make her debut for 11th-ranked Arizona on Feb. 11 at the TRW Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes ( Calif.) Golf Club. La Ni�a, 18, had planned to enter Arizona last fall but failed to pass the university's Test of English as a Foreign Language. "She has the same fire, the same desire to win as her brother," says Arizona's coach, Greg Allen.
The USGA announced that only 19 days after it made public its intention to limit clubhead size, the proposed maximum had been increased to 460 cubic centimeters from the original 385. Still unclear is how the USGA arrived at these arbitrary numbers.
Bruce Zabriski has suddenly resigned after three eventful years as director of golf at the $40 million Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Asked to dish on his former boss, The Donald, Zabriski, a five-time national club professional champion, says, "I need to consult with my lawyers first."
The week before Christmas, David Gossett returned to his former elementary school, St. George's Day School in Germantown, Tenn., to donate a John Deere utility vehicle to the maintenance department. The UV was part of the booty that came with his first Tour victory, at the John Deere Classic last July. In front of 400 students Gossett appeared in the school auditorium and dramatically dropped a velvet curtain to reveal the shiny green gift. "The kids went nuts," says a school spokesperson.